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Built as a Borstal, Onley held only Young Offenders for many years gradually increasing in size as new accommodation was added. Its role was expanded in 1998 when juveniles were taken for the first time and for 3 years from 2001 remanded as well as sentenced juveniles were held in addition to a YO population. During this period there was considerable investment in buildings and staffing to meet YJB standards. The original accommodation was in serious need of updating and a refurbishment programme commenced in 2002 and finished in 2006. In 2003 the YJB made the decision to remove the juvenile population. These were replaced by sentenced adults in March 2004.  A new build was added in 2009 and the remaining Young Offender population were removed in March 2010.  From April 2010 Onley became an Adult Cat C training establishment.

Region: East Midlands
Address: HMP Onley
CV23 8AP

Governor: Dave Harding
Category: Cat. C Adult Male 
Telephone: 01788 523400
Fax: 01788 523401

Operational Capacity: 742

Accommodation: All residential wings apart from I, J Kand L Wings have 60 single cells with internal sanitation, in-cell electricity and TV. There are showering facilities, association, and dining areas and a laundry room with industrial type washing machines and dryers.

I Wing (Induction) holds 100 prisoners in 50 double cells all with internal sanitation and comparable facilities to the other training wings.

J&K Wings both hold 75 prisoners each in 15 Double cells and 45 single cells all with internal sanitation and comparable facilities to the other training wings.

L Wing was added in 2009 with 8 double cells and 56 single cells all with in cell showers. L-Wing houses only prisoners on enhanced level IEP who have demonstrated their suitability for a more expansive regime.

Reception Criteria: Onley is a Category C establishment accepting all suitable determinate sentence prisoners serving a wide range of sentences.  Onley will accept progressive moves for IPP offenders.


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