HM Prison Frankland

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HMP Frankland
Location Brasside, County Durham
Security class Adult Male/Category A
Population 808 (as of July 2013)
Opened 1980
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Dave Thompson
Website Frankland at

HM Prison Frankland is a Category A men's prison located in the village of Brasside in County Durham, England. Frankland is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


Frankland was originally opened in 1980 with four wings each holding 108 in single cells. A further two wings opened in 1998 to an open gallery design to hold an additional 206. A specialist Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) unit opened at the prison in May 2004.[1]

The prison has increased in size in recent years following major redevelopment work including the construction of the new DSPD 'Westgate Unit'. In March 2008, the Ministry of Justice announced that Frankland would be expanded again, with planning permission being granted for an extra 120 places at the prison.[2]

In 2010, Ian Huntley, who is currently serving life, with a minimum term of 40 years upon being convicted of the Soham Murders, had his throat slashed by a psychopathic inmate Damien Fowkes who got a life sentence for the attack as well as killing another paedophile at HM Prison Full Sutton.

In 2011, two convicted prisoners, Nathan Mann and Michael Parr disemboweled 23-year-old Mitchell Harrison, who had been convicted for raping a 13-year-old girl.[3]

The prison today[edit]

Frankland holds male prisoners who are over 21 years old and whose sentence is four years or more, life sentences and high-risk remand prisoners. Prison accommodation is divided between wings, with wings A to D holding 108 inmates each, and wings F and G holding an additional 206. All cells are single occupancy.

The Healthcare Centre at the prison consists of a 4-bedded ward and 10 furnished rooms, a dental suite, X-ray and a Suicide Crisis Suite. A number of clinics are held, many conducted by visiting specialists. There are also telehealth services and wing-based treatment rooms. Primary care is contracted to the County Durham Primary Care Trust.

Education at the prison is provided by The Manchester College,[4] with a range of courses provided - from basic skills to higher education level. Frankland also runs workshops in furniture production, a charity workshop and a sight-and-sound workshop. The prison has a library and gym to support inmate's learning and recreation.

Frankland Prison has a visitors' centre. Facilities include a canteen and children's play area, all with disabled access.

Notable inmates[edit]

Former inmates[edit]

Current inmates[edit]



  1. ^ "Unit for dangerous inmates opens". BBC News Online. 2004-05-06. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Prison set for 120 more inmates". BBC News. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  3. ^ Greenwood, Chris and Paul Sims. "Two inmates charged with murder after 'disemboweled' paedophile is killed in jail attack." Daily Mail. 3 October 2011. Retrieved on 21 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Regime information for Frankland Prison". Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ex-warlord Charles Taylor's family say he is being 'ill-treated' in British jail". The Telegraph. London. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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Coordinates: 54°48′19″N 1°33′04″W / 54.80531°N 1.551089°W / 54.80531; -1.551089