What we do

We keep those sentenced to prison in custody, helping them lead law-abiding and useful lives, both while they are in prison and after they are released.

HMPS is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.

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We work on these topics

  1. Law and the justice system

    The legal system must uphold fairness in society: both in business and for individuals. We want to ensure justice for victims of crime and better rehabilitation for criminals, with a reduction in the rate of reoffending. The justice system must punish the guilty, protect our liberties and rehabilitate offenders. We will ensure that more criminals make amends to victims and communities for the harm they have caused and help them break the destructive cycle of crime. Read more

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Contact HMPS

HM Prison Service

Clive House
70 Petty France


London
SW1H 9EX

Prisoner Location Service

Prisoner Location Service
PO Box 2152
Birmingham
B15 1SD

Use the Prisoner Location Service to find people in prison when you don’t know which prison they are in. You must include:

- your name, or the organisation you represent
- your date of birth
- your address including postcode
- name of the person you want to find
- the reason you want to find them eg. you’re their solicitor, or a family member
- any other names they may have used
- their date of birth

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