Cookham Wood Prison Information

Cookham Wood Prison
Cookham Wood, officially known as HMP Cookham Wood, is a secure facility for young male offenders located in Rochester, Kent, England. Operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Cookham Wood primarily accommodates young males between the ages of 15 and 18. Here is important information about Cookham Wood:

Cookham Wood was established in 1978 as a Young Offender Institution (YOI) and was later reconfigured as a secure facility for young male offenders. The prison's primary purpose is to provide a secure environment for the detention and rehabilitation of young offenders.

Cookham Wood is classified as a closed Young Offender Institution (YOI) with high security measures in place. It is designed to hold young male offenders who have been convicted of various offenses and require a secure environment.

Cookham Wood primarily accommodates young male offenders between the ages of 15 and 18. It houses individuals who have been remanded in custody or sentenced for a range of offenses. The prison can hold approximately 180 individuals.

Cookham Wood provides a range of facilities and services to meet the needs of its young offenders and support their rehabilitation. These include:

  • Accommodation: The prison consists of multiple residential units with individual cells or shared accommodation for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Cookham Wood offers educational programs tailored to the needs of young offenders. These programs aim to improve basic skills, including literacy, numeracy, and IT proficiency. Vocational training opportunities are also provided to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Healthcare: The prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to young offenders. Mental health support and substance abuse programs are also available.
  • Sports and Physical Activities: Cookham Wood promotes physical fitness and well-being by providing access to sports facilities and organized activities. These activities aim to develop teamwork, discipline, and positive lifestyle choices.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and offers opportunities for visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Personal Development Programs: Cookham Wood offers a range of personal development programs that address offending behavior, decision-making, anger management, and other life skills necessary for successful rehabilitation and reintegration.
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Contact Information
HMYOI Cookham Wood
Sir Evelyn Road

Tel: 01634 202500

Website: HM Prison Cookham Wood
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How to book a visit at Cookham Wood Prison.

You can book a visit to cookham wood prison by calling the Booking line: 01634 202 557, The booking line is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm.

To Book a visit to Cookham prison you must:
  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit at least 3 working days in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go
The young person can have up to 3 adults and 3 children (under 18) at each visit. At least one visitor must be an adult.

If the young person is on remand they can have 3 visits a week.

Cookham Wood Information

What are the visiting times at cookham wood prison?

Visiting times:
  • Monday: 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 11:30am, 2:30pm to 4pm
What are the directions to Cookham Wood Prison, How to get there?
The closest railway station is Rochester. There is no direct bus service from the station to Cookham Wood but there is a taxi rank outside.

Is there car parking at Cookham wood prison?
There is a visitors car park, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.

What you need to take with you on a visit to Cookham Wood Prison
  • passport
  • driving licence
  • benefit book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass
  • annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
  • employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • European Community identity card
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