Built from 1830 onwards as the county jail, it has been used as a long term category B (prior to the introduction of the dispersal system), a young person's prison and a local prison since 1987.
Two new DOWII houseblocks were opened in 1996 to relieve overcrowding.
200 Springfield Road
Tel: 01245 552000
Fax: 01245 552001
Region: East of England
Governor: Rob Davis
Deputy Director Custody: Adrian Smith
Operational capacity: 578 as at April 2013
Reception criteria: Normal Reception arrangements for a Local Prison. HMP & YOI Chelmsford accepts prisoners direct from courts within its catchment area, adult males and Young Offenders, convicted or on Remand.