HM Prison Thameside

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HMP Thameside
Location Thamesmead, London, England
Security class Adult Male/Category B
Population 1232 (as of July 2012)
Opened March 2012
Managed by Serco
Director Craig Thompson

HM Prison Thameside is a Category B & C 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 was first 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.[1][2]

In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice announced that an additional houseblock would be constructed at Thameside Prison, increasing its capacity.[3]

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.[4]

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 900 convicted and remand male prisoners.

The prison has a baseline Certificate of Normal Accommodation of 600, and an in-use Operational Capacity of 900 which due to national population pressures will always be under review.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two New Private Sector Prisons To Open | UK Police News". Police Oracle. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Action for Prisoners' Families: New prison HMP Thameside opens today". Prisonersfamilies.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  3. ^ Danny Shaw (2013-01-10). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  4. ^ "BBC News - Thameside prison criticised over violence and regime". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ https://www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/prison-finder/thameside

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