HM Prison Wayland

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HMP Wayland
Main Entrance to HMP Wayland.JPG
Main Entrance to HMP Wayland
HM Prison Wayland is located in Norfolk
HM Prison Wayland
Location in Norfolk
LocationGriston, Norfolk
Coordinates52°33′14″N 0°51′29″E / 52.55389°N 0.85806°E / 52.55389; 0.85806Coordinates: 52°33′14″N 0°51′29″E / 52.55389°N 0.85806°E / 52.55389; 0.85806
Security classAdult Male/Category C
Population1017 (as of December 2008)
Managed byHM Prison Services
GovernorSonja Walsh
WebsiteWayland 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 number of prisoners at the jail. However, the report described the prison as performing "reasonably well" overall.[3]

In August 2016 the prison governor, Paul Cawkwell, was severely beaten by an inmate in the canteen.[4]

The prison today[edit]

Wayland is a Category C prison for adult males. It now comprises 14 residential units and one segregation unit. 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.[5]

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 prisoners' children in the visits room. This is supervised and managed by the Ormiston Children and Families Trust.

Notable former inmates[edit]


  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.
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  5. ^ HMP Chief Inspector of Prisons (10 June 2011). "Report on an announced inspection of HMP Wayland" (PDF). .justice Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Kray - no way out". 2 April 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  7. ^ "Archer switches prisons". 9 August 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  8. ^ "Charlie Gilmour released from prison after four months". The Guardian. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  9. ^ "London terror attacker Khalid Masood spent time in Norfolk jail". Norwich Evening News. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-26.

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