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Durham was built in the early 19th Century and has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme during the last 10 years.

It is a Category B local prison serving the courts in the area.
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Tel: 0191 332 3400
Fax: 0191 332 3401
Acting Governor: Tim Allen
Operational capacity: 1017 as of 8th March 2011.
Accommodation: 7 wings plus Segregation and Healthcare.
Reception criteria: Young offenders age 18 - 21, adult males over 21 sentenced, convicted or remanded from the Tyneside, Durham and Cumbria courts.
Regime: The learning, skills & employment function at HMP Durham offer prisoners the opportunity to participate in a plethora of educational, vocational training and employability courses to increase their employability chances upon release.
The Manchester College is the educational provider and the curriculum comprises skills for life, IT, customer service, art, horticulture and ESOL. Learndirect is the distance learning provider and has a wide range of courses on offer.
HMP Durham staff provide sector based vocational training workshops in partnership with Manchester College which reflect the local labour market. HMP Durham focuses vocational training in the following sectors, construction, IT, warehousing, recycling, contact centre and food and hospitality.
Employability is the key focus of Learning, Skills & Employment provision. A purpose built employer engagement unit provides prisoners with a range of employability courses to support their employment goals upon release. Prisoners are supported in the unit by dedicated professionals who are committed to supporting prisoners prior to and post release. All provision is accredit.
Race Equality: National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Equality Policy Statement
  • NOMS is committed to fairness for all
  • We treat our staff properly and ensure equality of opportunity
  • We deliver our services fairly and respond to individual needs
  • We insist on respectful and decent behaviour from staff, offenders and other with whom we work
  • We recognise that discrimination, harassment and bullying can nevertheless occur and we take prompt and appropriate action whenever we discover them.
The Governor and Staff at HMP Durham are committed to Equality. Unlawful discrimination on the basis of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, or religion is prohibited and will not be tolerated, as is any racially abusive or insulting language or behaviour on the part of any member of staff, prisoner or visitor.

Dentistry in prisons

This book is a valuable tool for all members of the prison dental team, in particular, those starting out in a career in prison dentistry or special care dentistry.

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