HM Prison Bullingdon

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Her Majesty's Prison and Young Offenders Institute Bullingdon
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LocationArncott, Oxfordshire
StatusFull Operational Capacity
Security classCategory B Category C
CapacityHMP & YOI Local and Resettlement
PopulationCertified - 869 Maximum Capacity - 1,114 (as of April 2018)
Managed byHM Prison and Probation Service Ministry of Justice (United Kingdom)
GovernorIan Blakeman
WebsiteBullingdon at

HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute Bullingdon is a public sector prison operated by HM Prison and Probation Service an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.

The prison is located near MoD Bicester, in the Oxfordshire countryside.

HM Prison Bullingdon is a local and resettlement prison accepting Security Category B and C male prisoners. New admissions from courts are generally sent to 'local' prisons and are considered as a Category B prisoner until their initial security assessment. Prisoners must be over the age of 18 (as a Young Offender (YO)). As YO prisoners are not subject to the same 4 level security category, they are either considered 'YOI Closed' or 'YOI Open' - depending on whether they are suitable for transfer to open conditions.

The prison generally only holds prisoners on short sentences (under 12 months) and those on remand. With the additional resettlement function, prisoners in the local area of the prison should be transferred for their 12 week pre-release period.

HMP & YOI Bullingdon also has a dedicated 'Vulnerable Prisoners' unit which holds several hundred sex offenders who are at Bullingdon in order to complete a Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).


Opened in 1994, Bullingdon was constructed on obsolete Ministry of Defence site - MoD Bicester. The prison opened with 4 residential units, named after villages in the local area.

  • A - Wing (Arncott Unit)
  • B - Wing (Blackthorn Unit)
  • C - Wing (Charndon Unit)
  • D - Wing (Dorton Unit)

Each of the 4 wings were created virtually identical, with only different coloured doors to be able to identify the unit.

As the prison population continued to grow the prison constructed 2 new units

  • E - Wing (Edgcott Unit) - used to house vulnerable prisoners only.
  • F - Wing (Finmere Unit) - Spur 1 - Induction / First Night Centre and Spur 2 - Enhanced Spur (for full-time workers)

Since the prison opened back in 1994 it has been surrounded in scandal and failing HMIP reports. The most noticeable is when back in January 2003, former Deputy Governor Terence McLaren was suspended from the prison after he had been arrested on suspicion of being involved with child pornography offences. [1] Then in 2006; Governor Phil Taylor banned officers from displaying the English Flag as he was fearing that it may upset the foreign prisoners. Alongside this HM Inspectorate of Prisons have published countless damning reports into overcrowing, safety issues, gang violence and drugs to name just a few.

Notable inmates[edit]


  1. ^ Wilson, Jamie (2003-01-15). "Deputy prison governor suspended in child porn investigation". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  2. ^ Bingham, John (2009-12-14). "Businessman jailed for attacking intruder - who goes free". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-01-11.
  3. ^ Chapman, James; Doyle, Jack. Public outcry over those jailed for attacking burglars Daily Mail, Australia, 23 June 2011
  4. ^ Sharp, Aaron. "Rolf Harris taken straight to cushy prison despite reports pervert would do hard time at tough jail" Daily Mirror, 19 July 2014

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Coordinates: 51°50′56″N 1°05′37″W / 51.8489°N 1.0936°W / 51.8489; -1.0936