HM Prison Holme House
|Location||Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham|
|Security class||Adult Male/Category B|
|Population||1211 (as of May 2010)|
|Managed by||HM Prison Services|
|Website||Holme House at justice.gov.uk|
A purpose built prison, Holme House opened in May 1992, and was expanded to include further houseblocks and workshops in the late 1990s.
In July 2002, Holme House suffered a three-day prison riot. The prisoners turned violent after being locked up for longer periods due to staff shortages. various fixtures and fittings were destroyed in the incident.
Another major disturbance followed a year later, when rioting prisoners threw pool balls at prison officers.
An incident in September 2014 resulted in one inmate being taken to hospital. Mike Quinn, vice-chairman of the National Association of Probation Officers Northumbria branch, said that the event was a consequence of staff cuts in the prison service. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice stated that this had been an isolated incident unrelated to staffing levels.
The prison today
A category B prison, Holme House takes adult male prisoners from Tees Valley, South West Durham, East Durham and North Yorkshire. It also detains a number of remanded young male adults for Castington Prison and some sentenced young offenders from Deerbolt Prison. Accommodation at Holme House comprises seven self-contained living units of single and double cells, with integral sanitation.
Holme House has a workshop complex and an Education Department who both provide inmates with employment and education classes. Work/training areas include laundry, woodwork, furniture assembly, textiles, large print production, industrial cleaning, Painting and Decorating, electrical testing and picture framing. Many areas of training can lead to NVQ qualifications in related fields.
There is a Visitors Centre located outside of Holme House Prison, which has a children's play area, disabled access toilets, a refreshment bar and a baby changing facility. There also is a Citizens Advice Bureau information point and access to translation services. The Visits Hall within the prison has a non-supervised play area, a tea bar, toilets and a baby changing facility.
In 2012, 2 inmates committed suicide, both by hanging and no less than a month apart. Andrew Wilkes was discovered hanging in his cell on the 23rd June and Michael Joseph Jackson was pronounced dead in his cell at 11.20am on July 11th.
- "UK | England | Violence erupts at Teesside jail". BBC News. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- "UK | England | Tees | Prison officers 'pelted with pool balls'". BBC News. 2003-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-07.