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HM Prison Thameside

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HMP Thameside
2017 Thamesmead aerial view 02b (cropped).jpg
Aerial view of HM Prison Thameside.
To the left a section of HM Prison Belmarsh
LocationThamesmead, London, England
Security classAdult Male/Category B
Population1232 (as of February 2017)
OpenedMarch 2012
Managed bySerco
DirectorCraig Thomson[1]

HM Prison Thameside is a Category B men's private prison in the Thamesmead area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London, England. Thameside Prison is operated by Serco and is situated next to Belmarsh and Isis prisons.

History[edit]

The prison was designed and constructed by Serco and opened on 30 March 2012, becoming fully operational in Autumn 2012, with a capacity of 900. It holds prisoners from courts previously served by Brixton Prison and other prisons in London.[2][3]

In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice announced that an additional houseblock would be constructed at Thameside Prison, increasing its capacity.[4]

In May 2013, a report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons was critical of the levels of violence at the prison and its restricted regime. The report found that there was a high level of assaults and use of force, while 60% of prisoners were locked up during the working day, and some inmates spent 23 hours a day in their cells. However, the report also praised the quality of accommodation throughout the prison.[5]

The prison today[edit]

The regime at Thameside Prison combines work, education, vocational training, accredited offending behaviour programmes, and prisoner health and appropriate interventions. It is a Local category B establishment that can currently hold 1232 convicted and remand male prisoners.

The prison has a baseline Certificate of Normal Accommodation of 932, and an in-use Operational Capacity of 1232.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INTRODUCTION". HM Prison Thameside. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Two New Private Sector Prisons To Open | UK Police News". Police Oracle. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  3. ^ "Action for Prisoners' Families: New prison HMP Thameside opens today". Prisonersfamilies.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  4. ^ Danny Shaw (2013-01-10). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  5. ^ "BBC News - Thameside prison criticised over violence and regime". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  6. ^ "Welcome to HMP Thameside". serco.com. Retrieved 2017-02-06.

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Coordinates: 51°29′39″N 0°05′21″E / 51.4941°N 0.0891°E / 51.4941; 0.0891