Polmont Prison Information

Polmont Prison
Polmont Prison, officially known as HMP and YOI Polmont, is a young offender institution and adult prison located in Polmont, Falkirk, Scotland. Managed by the Scottish Prison Service, Polmont Prison serves as a significant correctional facility within the Scottish penal system. Here is important information about Polmont Prison:

Polmont Prison was established in 1904 and has since played a crucial role in the Scottish justice system. The prison serves as a dual-purpose institution, accommodating both young offenders and adult prisoners.

Polmont Prison is classified as a mixed-security facility, housing young offenders as well as adult prisoners. The prison implements appropriate security measures based on the age and risk assessments of its inmates.

Polmont Prison houses male inmates between the ages of 16 and 21 in the Young Offender Institution (YOI) section. Additionally, it accommodates adult male offenders who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Polmont Prison offers a range of facilities and services to support the welfare and rehabilitation of its inmates. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison provides 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: Polmont Prison places a strong emphasis on education and vocational training. Inmates have access to a range of educational programs, including basic education, literacy, numeracy, and accredited courses. Vocational training opportunities are also available to develop employable skills and enhance prospects for successful reintegration into society.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates at Polmont Prison have access to various work activities within the prison, such as maintenance, cleaning, kitchen, and other designated roles. These work activities aim to develop skills, instill discipline, and promote a sense of responsibility.
  • Healthcare: Polmont Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who provide primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support, substance abuse programs, and specialized medical care are also available.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and facilitates visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: Polmont 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 and YOI Polmont,

Tel: 01324 711 558

Website: HMP Polmont
Booking a visit to Polmont Prison
Visiting Times at Polmont Prison

All remanded, convicted women, and young persons book their visits and will then contact their visitors and advise of the time and date of the visit.

Visiting time are complex - you can view them on the HMP Polmont Website and clicking on the right hand side.

Polmont Prison Information

How to get to Polmont Prison:

By Car from the West
M80, A80, M876 to M9 East to Junction 4 or M8 to Junction 4 M9 Junction 4 Linlithgow/Bathgate, follow signs to Polmont for approx 3 miles. M8 Junction 4 Bathgate,follow signs for Falkirk approx 10 miles. The prison is in Brightons near Polmont follow the strategic traffic signs along the way.
By Car from the East
M8 West to Junction 4 or M9 West to Junction 4
By Car from the North
M90 to the Forth Road Bridge, M9 West to Junction 4 or A9, M9 East to Junction 4
By Car from the East
M8 West to Junction 4 or M9 West to Junction 4

By Train

From Edinburgh Waverley; the train is running 03, 15, 33 and 45 minutes past each hour on Monday to Saturday and at 00, 06 and 35 minutes past each hour on Sundays. From Glasgow Queen Street; the train is running at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour on Monday to Saturday and at 30 minutes past each hour on Sundays. From Stirling; the train will be running 07 and 37 minutes past each hour on Monday to Saturday and at 10 and 47 minutes past each hour on Sunday. There is a good 15 minute walk from the railway station but taxis are available at the station, telephone ( 01324) 623 999. There is a shorter route to walk via the canal path, accessible from the canal bridge a short distance along from the railway bridge.

By Bus

There are regular bus services from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Falkirk. From Falkirk the Maddiston bus service reaches the establishment.

Travel Numbers

Taxi Enquiries 01324 623 999
National Rail Enquires 0845 748 4950 or 0871 200 4950
Bus Travel Line Scotland 0870 608 2608

For all visits to Polmont Prison, 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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