About us

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.

We work with courts, police and local councils, as well as voluntary organisations, to do this.

We run 109 of the 123 prisons in England and Wales.


Within England and Wales we’re responsible for:

  • managing prison and probation services
  • supporting effective offender management

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