HM Prison Drake Hall

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HMP Drake Hall
Location Eccleshall, Staffordshire
Security class Adult Female/Closed
Population 340 (as of December 2015[1])
Opened 1960s
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Carl Hardwick
Website Drake Hall at

HM Prison Drake Hall is a women's closed prison, located near the village of Eccleshall in Staffordshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


Formerly used during World War II by female munitions workers as a residence, the building was repurposed in the 1960s as a male open prison. From 1974, Drake Hall has been used as a women's prison. In the mid-1990s, the prison was renovated. In 2002, it became a semi-open prison after a perimeter fence was constructed, but was re-designated a closed prison in March 2009.

An open unit for prisoners nearing the end of their sentences was added in 2015. Inmates can work there in various roles including personal trainers, beauty therapists and call-centre assistants. Low risk prisoners are allowed to work in nearby towns.[2]

The prison today[edit]

Drake Hall holds both adult and young offenders. It specialises in foreign national prisoners and in resettlement.

The prison's regime includes incentives, education, workshops, training courses, farms and gardens, a works department, and a gym. There are also voluntary and paid outwork programmes and a listener schem


  1. ^ Wyatt, Daisy (7 December 2015). "What's it like to work as a prison governor?". The Independent. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Riddell, Mary (11 February 2015). "Our crumbling prison system is a disgrace to modern democracy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 

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Coordinates: 52°52′44″N 2°14′29″W / 52.8789°N 2.2415°W / 52.8789; -2.2415