HM Prison Hindley

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HMP Hindley
Location Bickershaw, Greater Manchester
Security class Juveniles and young offenders
Population 440 (as of May 2009)
Opened 1961
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Peter Francis
Website Hindley at

HM Prison Hindley is a male juvenile's prison , located in the village of Bickershaw (near Wigan) in Greater Manchester, England. Hindley is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


Hindley Prison opened in 1961 as a Borstal. In 1983 it was re-classified as a Youth Custody Centre. Hindley was then re-classified as an adult prison and in 1997 it became a joint prison and Young Offenders Institution.

In 2002, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons recorded many good initiatives taking place at Hindley, particularly in suicide prevention, drugs strategy, sentence planning and joint work with the police service to monitor and act on racial incidents. However the Inspector criticised inadequate reception procedures, insufficient purposeful activity and patchy help with resettlement at the prison.[1]

In December 2004 a security alert was sparked when two inmates staged a roof-top protest at Hindley Prison.[2]

More than 100 extra staff were drafted in to deal with a riot at the prison on 5 October 2005. It took more than seven weeks to fully restore the prison wing after the riot which caused more than £145,000 damage.[3]

The prison today[edit]

Hindley Prison holds convicted and remand young male offenders (aged 15–21) . Accommodation at the prison is made up of seven secure units,all units are built for single occupants

Hindley is a combined establishment with a regime that offers opportunities for inmates to gain qualifications, address offending behaviour, and reintegrate into society on their release. Regime provision includes learning and skills, as well as workshop places (which include construction skills) and physical education.

Hindley also operates a listener and peer support scheme for those who may be at risk of suicide or self-harm. The prison's medical provision includes an in-patient healthcare facility and a mental health day care centre.

The Youth Justice Board announced on 23rd October 2014 [4]that it will be withdrawing completely from Hindley. It remains to be seen whether the institution will still be able to operate solely on their young adult criteria (18- 21 year olds).


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Coordinates: 53°31′04″N 2°34′37″W / 53.517802°N 2.576937°W / 53.517802; -2.576937