HM Prison Frankland

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HMP Frankland
LocationBrasside, County Durham
Security classAdult Male/Category A
Population808 (as of July 2013)
Opened1980
Managed byHM Prison Services
GovernorGavin O'Malley
WebsiteFrankland at justice.gov.uk

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.

History[edit]

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 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]

Facilities[edit]

Frankland is a Dispersal prison that holds male prisoners who are over 18 years old and whose sentence is seven years or more,[4] 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 208.[5] 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 & Darlington Foundation Trust.

Education at the prison is provided by Milton Keynes College,[6] 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 prisoners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unit for dangerous inmates opens". BBC News Online. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Prison set for 120 more inmates". BBC News. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  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. ^ "HMP Frankland's brutal regime – the inside story". The Independent. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Frankland Prison information". www.justice.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Regime information for Frankland Prison". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  7. ^ Southern, Keiran (27 August 2016). "HMP Frankland: The most notorious prisoners to spend time behind bars at the County Durham jail". nechronicle. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  8. ^ Southern, Keiran (27 August 2016). "HMP Frankland: The most notorious prisoners to spend time behind bars at the County Durham jail". nechronicle. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Extremists prisoners to be separated at Durham jail". ITV News. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Extremists prisoners to be separated at Durham jail". ITV News. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Ex-warlord Charles Taylor's family say he is being 'ill-treated' in British jail". The Telegraph. London. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014.

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