Ford Prison Information

Ford Prison
Ford Prison, officially known as HMP Ford, is a Category D men's prison located near Arundel in West Sussex, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Ford Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. Here is important information about Ford Prison:

Ford Prison was established in 1960 and is designed as a Category D open prison. It serves as a resettlement prison, focusing on the rehabilitation and preparation of prisoners for their eventual release back into the community. The primary objective of Ford Prison is to promote successful reintegration and reduce reoffending rates.

Ford Prison is classified as a Category D prison, also known as an open prison. This designation indicates that it offers the lowest level of security compared to other prison categories. Open prisons aim to prepare individuals for their release by providing them with increased freedoms and opportunities to reintegrate into society.

Ford Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders who have been deemed suitable for a Category D establishment. These may include individuals who are approaching the end of their sentences and have demonstrated a lower risk of escape or harm to the public. The capacity of Ford Prison is approximately 534 individuals.

Ford Prison provides a range of facilities and services to support the rehabilitation and resettlement of its inmates. 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: Ford 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.
  • Healthcare: Ford 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.
  • Sports and Physical Activities: The prison 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.
  • Community Links: Ford Prison works closely with external organizations, charities, and employers to facilitate a smooth transition for inmates upon release. Community engagement programs are designed to support prisoners' reintegration and reduce the likelihood of reoffending.
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Contact Information
HMP Ford Prison
West Sussex,
BN18 0BX

Tel: 01903 663000

Website: HMP Ford Prison
Booking a visit to Ford Prison
How to book a visit to Ford Prison?

You can book your visit online

You can book your visit by telephone.

Booking Line: 01903 663120

The booking line is open Monday-Saturday, 10am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm.

Ford Prison Information

How to get to Ford?:

You can get to the Prison Via Train, With the nearest train station Ford Train Station, It would take a good 15 minutes walk.

Because of the remote location of the prison, The Prison often supply a shuttle bus to the train station, therefore it might be worth making checks with the prison to see if this is running is you are planning on getting there via train.

The Prison does have quite a few facilities on site including its own nursery (flowers and plants), industrial laundry and gym. There are various jobs for the prisoners to do at Ford Prison as it is classed as a ‘working prison’, therefore all the inmates are required to do some form of job unless medically able to.

Jobs include cooking, cleaning, gardening, rubbish disposal, orderly roles, library, induction and even gym staff.
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