Manchester prison, formerly known as Strangeways, is a local prison which accepts people remanded into custody from the courts in the Greater Manchester area. The prison opened in June 1868. In 1963 it was decided that the prison would no longer hold women prisoners, and in 1980 it began to accept remand prisoners.
Following a major disturbance in 1990, the prison was re-built, and the running and management of the prison was put out to tender. The Prison Service won the contract and re-opened the prison in 1994. The prison was again put out to tender and the Prison Service won the contract in 2001. In early 2003 HMP Manchester became part of the High Security Estate.
HMP Manchester went out for tender again in 2011 and went on to secure the contract for a further 15 years as preferred bidder. This was announced by the Right Honorable Kenneth Clarke in the House of Commons. The new contract commenced on 1st April 2012.
1 Southall Street
Tel: 0161 817 5600
Fax: 0161 817 5601
Acting Governor: Hannah Lane
Accommodation: Two Victorian radial blocks (A, B, C, D, E and G, H, I, K) with a mix of single and double cells. All have in cell power points and integral sanitation. Manchester also houses a Specialist Interventions Unit.
Operational capacity: 1238 as of 1st April 2013.