HM Prison Wayland

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HMP Wayland
Location Griston, Norfolk
Security class Adult Male/Category C
Population 1017 (as of December 2008)
Opened 1985
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Steve Rodford OBE
Website Wayland at

HM Prison Wayland is a Category C men's prison, located near the village of Griston (near Thetford) in Norfolk, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.


Wayland prison opened in 1985, and has been enlarged on three occasions. In 2007 the prison was enlarged again, when new pre-fabricated cells for up to 300 extra prisoners were moved into the Wayland Prison complex, as well as new workshops and other facilities.[1]

In October 2007, a report from the Independent Monitoring Board claimed that prisoners at Wayland were being given inadequate mental health care by the NHS. The Board criticised the Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Trust for removing a specialist mental health nurse at the prison. However the report praised the jail's governor and prison staff for their preparations to open the new prison blocks at Wayland.[2]

In November 2009, an inspection report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons stated that an increased use of force was being used at Wayland Prison. Inspectors were also concerned that the healthcare department and reception facilities for new inmates were not adequate for the increased amount of prisoners at the jail. However, the report described the prison as performing "reasonably well" overall.[3]

The prison today[edit]

Wayland is a Category C prison for adult males. It now comprises eight residential units, two of which are designated for those taking part in Sex Offender Treatment Programmes. These prisoners are gradually being relocated to the new HMP Bure prison. The majority of the accommodation at the prison is single cell with shared accommodation on the Induction Unit and in selected cells within the main wings.

The prison provides a range of workshops and training facilities as well as an Education Department which focuses on basic key skills. There is a Visitors' Centre offering refreshments and a play area for main prisoner's children in the visits room. This is supervised and managed by The Ormiston Children and Families Trust.

Notable former inmates[edit]

  • Jeffrey Archer was an inmate from August until October 2001, as a result of his high profile perjury conviction. His diary, from his time in the prison, is published in 'Prison Diary 2: Wayland - Purgatory'[5]


  1. ^ "New pre-fabricated cells for jail". 19 March 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  2. ^ "NHS fails prisoners, report says". 11 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Inmate population pressures jail". 17 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Kray - no way out". 2 April 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Archer switches prisons". 9 August 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 

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Coordinates: 52°33′14″N 0°51′29″E / 52.55389°N 0.85806°E / 52.55389; 0.85806