Chelmsford Prison Information

Chelmsford Prison
Chelmsford Prison, officially known as HMP Chelmsford, is a Category B local prison located in Chelmsford, Essex, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Chelmsford Prison primarily holds adult male offenders. Here is important information about Chelmsford Prison:

Chelmsford Prison has a long history dating back to 1830 when it was first established. Over the years, it has undergone various renovations and expansions to meet the changing needs of the prison system. The prison's purpose is to securely hold individuals who have been remanded in custody or convicted of various offenses.

Chelmsford Prison is classified as a Category B prison. It is designed to hold prisoners with a significant security risk but who are not classified as the highest risk. The prison maintains robust security measures to ensure the safety of both inmates and staff.

Chelmsford Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. It holds individuals who have been remanded in custody awaiting trial or those who have been convicted of various offenses. The prison has a capacity to hold approximately 700 individuals.

Chelmsford Prison provides a range of facilities and services to meet the needs of its inmates and support their rehabilitation. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison consists of multiple residential wings with individual cells for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Healthcare: Chelmsford Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support and substance abuse programs are also available.
  • Education and Vocational Training: The prison offers educational programs to help inmates improve their literacy, numeracy, and other skills. Vocational training opportunities are provided to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Workshops and Employment: Inmates have access to workshops where they can engage in various activities such as woodworking, metalwork, and other vocational programs. These activities aim to develop skills and potential employment options within the prison.
  • Chaplaincy Services: Chelmsford Prison has chaplains representing different faiths who offer religious support and guidance to prisoners.
  • Visitation: Family and friends of inmates are allowed to visit within specified visiting hours. The prison has established guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe and secure visiting environment.
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Contact Information
HMP Chelmsford Prison
200 Springfield Rd,

Tel: 01245 552000

Website: HM Prison Chelmsford
Booking a visit to Chelmsford Prison
How to book a visit at Chelmsford Prison.

You can book a visit to Chelmsford prison by calling the Booking lines: 01245 552 265 and 01245 552 240

Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 11am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Chelsmford Prison Information

What are the visiting times at Chelmsford Prison?

The visitors centre is open:
  • Monday to Thursday: midday to 4:15pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 11.15am, midday to 4:15pm
  • Sunday: midday to 4:15pm
You cannot enter the prison after 3pm so you need to be in the visitors centre no later than 2.45pm.

What you will need to take with you on a visit to Chelmsford Prison?

All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:

  • passport
  • driving licence photo ID card
  • citizenship photo card
  • European Community identity card
  • immigration/HM Customs photo card
Alternatively two of the following are required:
  • Birth or marriage certificate
  • Recent utility bill (within last three months)
  • Recent bank statement (within last three months)
  • Paper driving licence
  • Young person’s proof of age card
  • Trade Union or National Students Union membership card
  • Foreign identity or residents card, Medical card (not E111 photo card).
To be able to visit someone in chelmsford prison you must:
  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit 3 weeks in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go
At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.

There may be a limit to the number of visits a person can have.

Directions to Chelmsford Prison:
Chelmsford Prison is about a mile from Chelmsford Station where you can take a taxi or a local bus.

Can you park at Chelmsford Prison?
If you drive to Chelmsford Prison, there is no visitor parking. The nearest public car park is 5 minutes walk from the prison on Victoria Road.

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