Downview Prison Information

Downview Prison
Downview Prison, officially known as HMP Downview, is a women's prison located in Sutton, Surrey, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Downview Prison primarily holds female offenders. Here is important information about Downview Prison:

Downview Prison was established in 1989 and is designed to securely hold adult female offenders who have been convicted of various offenses. The prison aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for women, focusing on their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Downview Prison is classified as a closed Category C prison. It is designed to hold individuals who have a moderate security risk but may not require the highest level of security measures. The prison implements necessary security measures to ensure the safety of both inmates and staff.

Downview Prison primarily accommodates adult female offenders. It houses individuals who have been remanded in custody, serving short-term sentences, or serving longer sentences for more serious offenses. The capacity of Downview Prison is approximately 350 individuals.

Downview 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 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: Downview 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 arts and crafts, textiles, and other vocational programs. These activities aim to develop skills and potential employment options within the prison.
  • Healthcare: Downview 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.
  • 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.
  • Chaplaincy Services: Downview Prison has chaplains representing different faiths who offer religious support and guidance to prisoners.
  • Mother and Baby Unit: Downview Prison has a dedicated Mother and Baby Unit that provides support and accommodation for incarcerated mothers and their babies.
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Contact Information
HMP Downview Prison
Sutton Lane,

Tel: 02081 966300

Website: HM Prison Downview
Booking a visit to Downview Prison
How to book a visit to Downview Prison?

To book a visit at Downview prison you willl need to call the visits line on 020 8196 6359 10:00-14:00 weekdays.

You can book a visit someone in Downview prison on one of 3 days a week. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between 2-4pm.

Downview Prison Information

What do i need to bring to a visit at Downview Prison?
Visitors may identify themselves using one of the following:
  • passport, including foreign passports, and time expired passports where the
    photograph is still recognisable;
  • identity card;
  • driving licence;
  • benefits book;
  • senior citizen’s public transport photo pass issued by local authority;
  • employer’s or student ID card but only if this clearly shows the name of the
    visitor and the employer or educational establishment, and has a photograph or signature which can be compared with the visitor’s appearance or signature, and if the Foreign Nationals identity cardIf the visitor is unable to produce one of the above, staff may accept combinations of two or more of the following:
  • birth/marriage certificate;
  • cheque book or credit/debit card (counts as one: do not accept as two);
  • employer’s pass or ID or student ID card not acceptable under 4vi above;
  • young person’s ‘proof of age’ card;
  • trade union or National Students’ Union membership card;
  • rent book;
  • foreign identity or residents’ card (other than EC ID cards acceptable in their own right);

What are the Directions to Downview Prison? How to get there?
If you are coming by train to downview prison, your nearest station is Morden on the Northern Line or Sutton Station. If you are planning on getting the bus to the prison, take a #80 bus to Downview Prison.

If you are coming by car, M25: Junction 8, follow A217 (Sutton) through Burgh Heath, Go onto Winkworth Road, 2nd Roundabout turn left onto Sutton Lane. Its about a minutes drive down the road.

From London, Wandsworth Bridge, follow A214 southwards to Tooting Bec, right onto A24 westwards to Tooting Broadway, Left onto A217, A217 turn left onto Winkworth Road, 2nd Roundabout turn left onto Sutton Lane. Its about a minutes drive down the road.

Is there car parking at Downview Prison?
Yes, The car park situated on left past the prison
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