The Open Prison system began here at New Hall as an experiment in 1933 due to an increase in prison population and lack of suitable employment. The success of this led to the opening of New Hall Camp in 1936. New Hall was re-roled in 1961 as a Senior Detention Centre for male young offenders and during this time the 'Short, Sharp, Shock' regime was introduced on a couple of occasions.
In 1987 the Prison was again re-roled to a women's prison.
Tel: 01924 803 000
Fax: 01924 803 001
Governor: Diane Pellew
Accommodation: Mainly cellular, dormitory accommodation holding twenty one women, a nine bed Mother & Baby Unit, Health Care Centre and segregation unit. We also have a Drug Recovery and Drug Free wing model at New Hall called PREW to support women through their journey of recovery.
Operational capacity: 446 as of 1st August 2008
Reception criteria: Normal reception arrangements. New Hall accepts adult female prisoners, young offenders and juveniles direct from the courts. There are facilities for mothers and babies and the transfer of prisoners from other prisons. These must be arranged in advance.