HM Prison Wolds

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HM Prison Wolds
HMP Wolds.jpg
Location Everthorpe, East Riding of Yorkshire
Status Operational
Security class Adult Male/Category C
Capacity 395 (September 2008)
Opened 1992
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Cathy James

HM Prison Wolds is a Category C men's prison, located south-west of Everthorpe, (near Brough) in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service, and is situated next to HMP Everthorpe.


In 1991, G4S won the first prison management contract to be operated by the private sector in the United Kingdom, and all of Europe. HMP Wolds opened in April 1992 as a remand prison and in 1993 was re-rolled to a local Category B prison holding sentenced prisoners. In 2001, HMP Wolds was subject to a competitive re-bid. G4S was the successful bidder for the contract to run HMP Wolds, however the jail was re-rolled again to a Category C training prison.[1]

On 13 July 2011, it was announced that HMP Wolds would be put out to tender in the autumn, accepting bids from private companies and HM Prison Service for the management of the establishment after the current contract with G4S expires.[2] In November 2012 it was announced that the G4S contract would be allowed to expire in July 2013 and the prison would then revert to the public sector.[3]

The prison today[edit]

Wolds is a Category C prison for adult males (including prisoners serving second stage life sentences). Accommodation at the prison consists of six units of single and double cells (some single cells have been doubled up to accommodate extra prisoners).

The regime at the prison includes education (full-time, evening classes and residential college), workshops, gardens and a works department. Other facilities at the prison include a gym and multi-faith chaplaincy.


  1. ^ "Welcome to HM Prison Wolds". G4S. Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Travis, Alan (13 July 2011). "Nine prisons put up for tender in mass privatisation programme". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "G4S loses Wolds prison contract". BBC News. BBC. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 

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Coordinates: 53°46′10″N 0°38′28″W / 53.7695°N 0.6411°W / 53.7695; -0.6411