HM Prison Camp Hill
The entrance to the former prison in 2017
|Location||Newport, Isle of Wight|
|Managed by||HM Prison Services|
|Website||Camp Hill at justice.gov.uk|
HMP Isle of Wight – Camp Hill Barracks is a former Category C men's prison, located on the outskirts of Newport, Isle of Wight. The former prison lies adjacent to Albany and Parkhurst, both part of HMP Isle of Wight.
Camp Hill was built in 1912 using prisoner labour from Parkhurst Prison. Camp Hill was formally opened by Winston Churchill.
In a report in April 2007, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons criticised Camp Hill for its lack of a coherent and positive direction, and its failure to improve. Concerns were also raised at the number of inmates not in vocational work at the prison. Camp Hill courted controversy again weeks later, when it emerged an arsonist had been mistakenly released 29 months too early from the prison.
In January 2008 a convicted drug dealer refused to leave his cell in Camp Hill for a court appearance. Citing the 1998 Human Rights Act, the prisoner claimed his human rights would be breached if he was forced to leave, due to fears he would lose his cell to another inmate amid an overcrowding crisis at Camp Hill.
In October 2008, it was announced that the name Camp Hill could be lost, along with the two other prison names, Albany and Parkhurst. The three would become part of one large prison run by a single governor. New names for the larger single prison have been suggested as HMP Solent, HMP Mountbatten and HMP Vectis. HMP Isle of Wight was later selected as the new name for the super prison incorporating all three island prisons.
- "Prison condemned as 'backwater'". BBC News. 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- "Arsonist released 29 months early in prison blunder". Daily Mail. London. 2007-04-13.
- "Prisoner refuses to leave 'comfortable' cell to go to court". Daily Mail. London. 2008-01-04.
- "Isle of Wight County Press – "Parkhurst name set to disappear"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
- "Isle of Wight County Press – "Prisons to become HMP Isle of Wight"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- "Changes to Prison Capacity Announced". Ministry of Justice. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- "BBC News – Isle of Wight's Camp Hill Prison staff 'in dark over closure'". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2013-04-12.