HM Prison Kennet
|Location||Maghull, Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Security class||Adult Male/Category C|
|Population||342 (as of December 2007)|
|Managed by||HM Prison Services|
|Website||Kennet at justice.gov.uk|
Faced with overcrowding in regional prisons, the National Offender Management Service in December 2006 planned a new facility on the East Site of Ashworth Hospital, which it leases from MerseyCare NHS Trust. The site of the new prison and surrounding area were known locally as Kennet Heath, so the name Kennet was adopted for the prison.
The prison was converted from the existing medical buildings at a cost of £19 million. It began accepting inmates in September 2007, but was officially opened in February 2008.
The prison today
Kennet Prison holds Category C adult males from the surrounding area. Accommodation at the prison is divided between seven units, predominantly containing double occupancy cells with integral sanitation, showers on all landings, purpose built serveries, and association facilities. There is also an additional segregation unit.
The prison offers workshops, training and education to all inmates. Workshops include Bricklaying, Plastering, Construction and Joinery, as well as Painting and Decorating. Education courses include Information Technology, Business Studies, Art and Design, Catering and Media Studies.
There is a visitors centre at Kennet Prison, with facilities including a children's play area and refreshments. There is access for disabled visitors throughout the visitors area.
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