HM Prison Bullingdon

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HMP Bullingdon
Location Arncott, Oxfordshire
Security class Adult Male/B&C
Population 1114 (as of December 2008)
Opened 1992
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Andy Lattimore
Website Bullingdon at justice.gov.uk

HMP Bullingdon is a Category B/C men's prison, in the village of Arncott (near Bicester) in Oxfordshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. Bullingdon Prison is named after Bullingdon, the ancient hundred in Oxfordshire.

History[edit]

Opened in 1994, Bullingdon was constructed as a ‘new gallery' design prison, with its four main houseblocks divided into three-galleried units. A fifth houseblock was added in 1998 which is a two-galleried unit, and a sixth added in 2008, another two-galleried unit. The prison was highlighted as being dangerously overcrowded in 2002 by Colin Moses (chairman of the Prison Officers Association) in a speech to the TUC conference.[1] A year later Bullingdon was embroiled in further controversy when Deputy Governor Terence McLaren was arrested for possession of cocaine and child pornography offences.[2] A prisoner escaped from Bullingdon a month later.[3] The prison was again highlighted as the most overcrowded in England in 2004.[4] In 2006 Governor Phil Taylor was criticised after he banned the display of the England flag by Prison Officers for fear of upsetting foreign inmates.[5]

Bullingdon Prison accepts Category-B prisoners from the local courts on remand as well as general Category-C prisoners. A range of work, education and training courses is offered, some of which can lead to Open University qualifications. The chaplaincy has a full-time Church of England chaplain and Imam.

A successful reading group scheme has operated in Bullingdon Prison; authors Boris Johnson and Nicci French have visited the group to join in discussions.[6]

Notable inmates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kennedy to make TUC history". BBC News. 2002-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Prison chief arrested in porn inquiry". BBC News. 2003-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Escaped prisoner on the run". BBC News. 2003-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Index". BBC News. 2010-06-08. 
  5. ^ Mikhailova, Anna (2006-06-25). "Rooney is a scientific winner". The Times (London). 
  6. ^ Jenny Hartley & Sarah Turvey. "Prison Reading Groups in action, HMP Bullingdon". Roehampton University. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  7. ^ Bingham, John (2009-12-14). "Businessman jailed for attacking intruder - who goes free". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  8. ^ Chapman, James; Doyle, Jack. Public outcry over those jailed for attacking burglars Daily Mail, Australia, 23 June 2011
  9. ^ Sharp, Aaron. "Rolf Harris taken straight to cushy prison despite reports pervert would do hard time at tough jail" Daily Mirror, 19 July 2014

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Coordinates: 51°50′56″N 1°05′37″W / 51.8489°N 1.0936°W / 51.8489; -1.0936