Standford Hill Prison Information

Standford Hill Prison
Standford Hill Prison, officially known as HMP Standford Hill, is an open prison located on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Standford Hill Prison serves as a significant correctional facility within the UK's prison system. Here is important information about Standford Hill Prison:

Standford Hill Prison was established in 1978 and operates as an open prison, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation. It forms part of the Sheppey Cluster, which also includes Swaleside and Elmley Prisons.

Standford Hill Prison is classified as an open prison, indicating a lower level of security compared to closed or high-security prisons. The focus is on preparing inmates for their eventual release by providing a less restrictive environment while maintaining necessary security measures.

Standford Hill Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for an open prison setting. These inmates may have committed a range of offenses and are typically serving medium to long-term sentences. The prison aims to facilitate their reintegration into society by providing opportunities for work, education, and building a responsible lifestyle.

Standford Hill Prison offers various facilities and services to support the welfare and rehabilitation of its inmates. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison provides multiple residential units with individual rooms or shared accommodation for inmates. The rooms are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Employment and Vocational Training: Standford Hill Prison places a strong emphasis on employment and vocational training. Inmates have access to work opportunities within the prison, such as maintenance, gardening, or kitchen roles. Vocational training programs are also available to develop skills and enhance employability for successful reintegration.
  • Education: Inmates have access to educational programs, including basic literacy and numeracy, as well as accredited courses. These educational opportunities aim to improve knowledge and provide the foundation for personal growth and development.
  • Community Engagement: Standford Hill Prison encourages inmates to engage with the local community through work placements, charity initiatives, and community-based projects. This helps foster a sense of responsibility and encourages positive interaction with society.
  • 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: Standford Hill Prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This includes assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Standford Hill,
Isle of Sheppey,
ME12 4AA

Tel: 01795 884 500

Website: HMP Standford Hill Prison
Booking a visit to Standford Hill Prison
Visiting Times at Standford Hill Prison

You can book your visit online:

Or by telephone or by email to

Telephone booking Line: 0330 058 8223

The booking line is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm

Visiting times:
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday :
1:45pm to 3:45pm

Standford Hill Prison Information

How to get to Standford Hill Prison:

To plan your journey by public transport:

The closest railway station is Sheerness. You can get a taxi from there and it will take about 15 minutes.

There is parking by the visitors centre with Blue Badge spaces available.

For all visits to Standford Hill, 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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