Birmingham Prison

Birmingham Prison is a men’s prison in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

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Book and plan your visit to Birmingham Prison

Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at Birmingham following national lockdown. We will update here as soon as this changes. There may be the opportunity for visits under exceptional compassionate reasons which should be agreed in advance with the prison prior to travel.

Find out more about visiting someone in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can: * leave a voice message using the Prison Voicemail Service

  • send them an email using the email a prisoner service

  • write to them

  • Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list. Read more about how it works

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

Keep in touch with someone at Birmingham Prison

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Birmingham Prison.

Phone calls

Residents have phones in their rooms and are able to make calls every day between 7am and 11pm.

Phones do not accept incoming calls so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.


You can send emails to someone in Birmingham Prison using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Birmingham Prison.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list. Read more about how it works


You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and prison number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prison number, contact Birmingham Prison.

All post apart from legal letters will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can also send cheques and postal orders. These should be made payable to ‘The Governor of HMP Birmingham’ and include the resident’s name and prison number on the back.

Gifts and parcels

People in Birmingham Prison have a list of approved items that can be given to them by family and friends.

Residents must first apply for permission to receive items. Birmingham Prison then sends the family member or friend an approved stamp to fix to their parcel.

Family and friends can then hand in the parcel before visits.

Items should be handed in to the property desk in the visitors centre.

You must have a visit booked for the time you hand anything in, otherwise it won’t be accepted.

Items are not normally accepted by post. However, a resident who is a foreign national or does not get visits can apply for permission for a family member or friend to send items in. These parcels must also be marked with an approved stamp. Birmingham Prison takes no responsibility for items sent in the post.

Make sure to include the resident’s name and prison number on parcels. All items will be opened and inspected by an officer.

Contact Birmingham Prison if you have any questions.

Life at Birmingham Prison

Birmingham Prison is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Birmingham Prison has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Birmingham City Council Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Birmingham Prison, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.


Each person who arrives at Birmingham Prison gets an induction that lasts about 3 days. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.


Around 1000 men live in Birmingham Prison in a mixture of single and shared rooms. There are 11 wings, including an older prisoners unit, a drug recovery unit and a first night centre.

Facilities include a library and gym.

Birmingham Prison has a diverse, multi-faith chaplaincy team providing support to residents.

Education and work

Residents have access to a broad range of vocational training, including bricklaying, plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry, forklift truck driving, industrial cleaning and catering.

They can also take courses in basic skills, IT, social and life skills, business skills, creative and performing arts, barbering and more. Students have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications on all courses. The education is provided by Novus.

Birmingham Prison has an active resettlement unit which helps residents with housing, benefits and employment issues supported by staff from Job Centre Plus and Citizens Advice.

Temporary release

Some Birmingham Prison residents may qualify for release on temporary licence. This can be used to gain work experience in the local community and prepare for release. Residents can apply for this within the prison.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Birmingham Prison

The charity HALOW Birmingham provides support and advice to the families and friends of men in Birmingham Prison.

Telephone: 0121 598 8050
Daily, 8am to 4:15pm
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Information on services and support for families and friends is also available from the visitors centre.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Birmingham Prison. If you can’t resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Birmingham Prison in response to independent inspections.

Contact Birmingham Prison

Governor: Paul Newton

Telephone (24 hours): 0121 598 8000
Fax: 0121 345 2501
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HMP Birmingham
Winson Green Road
B18 4AS

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Birmingham Prison, call the safer custody hotline. There is an answerphone out of hours which is checked regularly.

Telephone: 0121 598 8235
Daily, 7:30am to 5pm
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Published 19 November 2019
Last updated 6 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Covid update

  2. Updated prison info

  3. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  4. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers

  5. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  6. Updated visiting information in line with new national restrictions in England.

  7. Updated visiting times and visiting procedure changes in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  8. Added confirmation of secure video calls made available at Birmingham prison.

  9. updated legal visits email

  10. Updated link

  11. Visit information update

  12. Coronavirus update

  13. First published.