Low Newton Prison Information

Low Newton Prison
Low Newton Prison, officially known as HMP Low Newton, is a women's prison located in Brasside, County Durham, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Low Newton Prison primarily accommodates female offenders. Here is important information about Low Newton Prison:

Low Newton Prison was first established in 1945 and has since undergone several renovations and expansions. It serves as a closed Category A and Category C prison, housing women who have been convicted of various offenses. The prison's primary purpose is to securely manage and rehabilitate female offenders.

Low Newton Prison is a closed prison with a dual security classification. It accommodates both Category A and Category C prisoners. Category A prisoners are those considered to be a high risk to the public, while Category C prisoners are classified as individuals who do not require maximum security but still need a controlled environment.

Low Newton Prison primarily accommodates adult female offenders. It has a capacity to house approximately 370 individuals, including both remand prisoners and convicted prisoners serving sentences of varying lengths.

Low Newton Prison offers various 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: Low Newton Prison provides educational programs to help inmates improve their literacy, numeracy, and other skills. Vocational training opportunities are also offered to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates have access to work opportunities within the prison, such as maintenance, cleaning, kitchen, and other designated roles. These work activities aim to develop skills, a sense of responsibility, and a work ethic.
  • Healthcare: Low Newton Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support, substance abuse programs, and specialist services are also available.
  • Family Contact: Low Newton Prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and supports visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: The prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This may include assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Low Newton,

Tel: 0191 376 4000

Website: HMP Low Newton Prison
Booking a visit to Low Newton Prison
Visiting Times at Low Newton Prison

You can book your visit online.

You can book your visit by telephone.

Telephone booking line: 0300 303 0632
Booking line opening times:
  • Monday: 12pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm to 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday: 12pm to 5pm
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Visiting times:
  • Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday: 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday: 2pm to 4pm
  • Sunday: 2pm to 4pm

Low Newton Prison Information

To Get to Low Newton Prison by Train:

The closest railway station is Durham. Buses run to Low Newton from North Road, which is a short walk from the station.

To Book A Low Newton Prison Visit You Must:

All visitors are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to the visit starting. Any person who arrives after the visit has started will not be permitted entry.

For all visits to Low Moss, visitors are required to bring photographic ID and proof of address (dated within the past 3 months). The only forms of photographic ID that will be accepted are:
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Photographic
  • Driving Licence (full or provisional)
  • Citizen Card
  • Senior Citizens Bus Pass Travel Card (issued by Scottish Government)
The only forms of proof of address that will be accepted are:
  • Utility bill
  • Council tax bill
  • Benefit book
  • Bank statement
  • other letter from official source
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