HM Prison Nottingham
|Security class||Adult Male/Category B|
|Population||549 (as of August 2008)|
|Managed by||HM Prison Services|
|Website||Nottingham at justice.gov.uk|
The history of the prison stretches back to 1890, when it opened as a city gaol. Rebuilt in 1912, it became a closed training establishment for adult males, a role it continued through 1997. Since then, it has received prisoners from the courts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as a category B local prison.
In 1999, the Home Office announced that Nottingham Prison was to serve as a pilot project of a potentially national plan to track paedophiles and other high risk offenders after their release from their sentence by providing them housing in flats on prison sites. A dozen local residents staged protests in opposition.
In October 2004, a voluntary drug testing scheme established at Nottingham Prison was "hailed as a success". Participants in the scheme underwent intensive drug therapy, with prisoners who remained drug-free offered the opportunity of early release from their sentences.
In July 2004, the Independent Monitoring Board published a report which called for the worn-out Victorian wing of Nottingham Prison to be closed and urgently refurbished, as it "was becoming totally unsuitable for accommodating anybody - especially in winter when...[temperatures in the building could] be as cold as 10°C". Soon after this the prison wing was closed down. In June 2008, it was announced that Nottingham would undergo major re-construction that would double the size of the prison. The £95 million facelift should see the condemned Victorian wing demolished and new accommodation and facilities built in its place. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2010.
The prison today
Nottingham is a Category B local prison, holding convicted and remand adult males from the local courts in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
The prison provides education, workshop places and domestic duties to occupy inmates. Community projects at the prison include regular visits by local children with special needs.
Resettlement services at Nottingham offer advice on housing and debt management, as well as assistance with employment. There is also a Listeners Scheme for those prisoners who are considered to be at risk from suicide or self-harm.
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- "Prison scheme helps drug addicts". bbc.co.uk. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- "Demand for urgent work on prison". bbc.co.uk. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
- "City prison to get major revamp". bbc.co.uk. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-21.