Maidstone Prison Information

Maidstone Prison
Maidstone Prison, officially known as HMP Maidstone, is a Category C men's prison located in Maidstone, Kent, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Maidstone Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. Here is important information about Maidstone Prison:

Maidstone Prison was established in 1819 and has a long history as a correctional facility. It serves as a Category C prison, designed to hold individuals who have been convicted of offenses requiring a controlled environment but who are considered to pose a lower risk to the public.

Maidstone Prison is classified as a Category C prison, indicating a lower level of security compared to maximum-security facilities. While security measures are in place, the emphasis at Maidstone is on rehabilitation and preparing prisoners for eventual release.

Maidstone Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. The prison has a capacity to house approximately 600 inmates, including those on remand, serving sentences of varying lengths, or undergoing rehabilitation programs.

Maidstone 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: Maidstone 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: Maidstone 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: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and supports visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: Maidstone 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 Maidstone
36 County Road
ME14 1UZ

Tel: 01622 775 300

Website: Maidstone Prison
Booking a visit to Maidstone Prison
Visiting Times at Maidstone Prison

You can book your visit online:

You can book your visit by telephone.

Booking line: 01622 775 621 Monday to Friday: 9am to 12:30pm Find out about call charges

Or email:

Visiting times:

Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm
Thursday: 2pm to 4pm
Saturday: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Sunday: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

You should book in at the visitors centre on arrival, from 12:30pm. Anyone arriving after 2:15pm may not be admitted.

Maidstone Prison Information

The closest railway station is Maidstone East. From there you can take a short walk to the Prison.

To plan your journey by public transport use:

There is some free on street parking for up to 2 hours or paid carparks nearby. (please check parking regulations in force at time of visit)

Disabled visitors can park outside of the prison.

Visiting Maidstone

All visitors, aged 16 or older must prove their identity before entering HMP Maidstone. Read the list of acceptable forms of ID when visiting a prison.

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children.

You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Visitors must adhere to the prison dress code that applies, further details can be requested on your first visit

There are strict controls on what you can take into HMP Maidstone. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker in the visitors’ centre or in your car - this includes pushchairs and car seats.

Call the booking line if you have any questions about visiting.
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