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Brixton Prison

Brixton Prison is a men’s prison in the London Borough of Lambeth, South London.

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Book and plan your visit to Brixton prison

To visit someone in Brixton Prison you must:

  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit up to 28 days in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.

There may be a limit to the number of visits a person can have. You can check this with Brixton Prison.

Contact Brixton Prison if you have any questions about visiting.

Help with the cost of your visit

If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:

  • travel to Brixton Prison
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

You can book your visit online.

For any visits related queries please email socialvisits.brixton@justice.gov.uk

You can also book your visit by telephone.

Booking line: 0208 678 1433
Monday to Thursday: 1:15pm to 4pm Friday: 9am to 11:45am
Find out about call charges

Visiting times

Visiting times:

  • Monday: A to D wings - 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: G wing - 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: A to D wings - 2:15pm to 3:15pm, G wing - 4pm to 5pm
  • Thursday: A to D wings - 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Friday: Court video links A to D wings, 3 sessions - 9am
  • Saturday: A - D wings - 9:15am to 10:15am, 10:45am to 11:45am, 2:15pm to 3:15pm, G wing - 3:45pm to 4:45pm
  • Sunday: A to D wings - 9:15am to 10:15am, 10:45am to 11:45am, A to D wing enhanced - 2:15pm to 4:15pm

You should arrive at the prison 30 minutes before your visit to allow time to get through security.

Please keep an eye out for our family service providers newsletter for details of additional family days and extended visits. There will be one off sessions during each school holiday: February, Easter, May, Summer, October, and Christmas.

Legal and professional visits are offered face to face, via videolink or telephone.

You can book your visit by emailing: legalvisits.brixton@justice.gov.uk

Or you can book by telephone.

Booking line: 0208 588 6230 or 0208 588 6231
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Only legal visits will be booked on this line, social visitors calling this number will be directed to the social visits booking line.

A, B, C, D Wing:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays: 8:30am to 9:30am, 10:15am to 11:15am, 2:15pm to 3:15pm, 4pm to 5pm

G wing:

  • Tuesday: 8:30am to 9:30am, 10:15am to 11:15am, 2:15pm to 3:15pm, 4pm to 5pm

Getting to Brixton Prison

Find Brixton Prison on a map

Brixton Prison is about a mile from Brixton railway and underground stations. Several local bus routes pass the prison.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is no visitor parking at the prison and local roads are restricted to permit holders.

Entering Brixton Prison

All visitors, aged 16 or older must prove their identity before entering the prison. Read the list of acceptable forms of ID for all visitors.

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Brixton Prison has a strict dress code policy which means visitors should dress appropriately. You may be turned away if you are wearing items like vests, low-cut tops, high-cut shorts or dresses, ripped jeans, flip-flops or headwear other than that worn for religious reasons. Additionally, you cannot wear anything with offensive patterns or slogans and visitors over 13 cannot wear sports team clothing or logos. Ask in the visitors centre if you have questions about the dress code.

Snack bags are available from the PACT centre when you book in for your visit.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Brixton Prison. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security, including pushchairs and car seats. You will need a £1 coin for the locker.

You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

There is a visitors centre run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust charity.

Email: brixton@prisonadvice.org.uk
Telephone: 07749 389326
Find out about call charges

Keep in touch with someone at Brixton Prison

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

Secure video calls

To have a secure video call with someone in this prison you need to:

  • Download the Prison Video app
  • Create an account
  • Register all visitors
  • Add the prisoner to your contact list.

How to book a secure video call

You can request a secure video call with someone in this prison via the Prison Video app.

You will receive a notification when your request has been accepted.

Read more about how it works

Phone calls

Prisoners now have phones in their cells which they can use by purchasing phone credits. The in cell phones shut of at 11pm.

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.

Email

You can send emails to someone in Brixton 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 Brixton Prison.

Letters

You can write at any time.

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

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Brixton 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 no longer send money by bank transfer, cheque, postal order or send cash by post.

If you cannot use the online service, you may be able to apply for an exemption - for example if you:

  • are unable to use a computer, a smart phone or the internet
  • do not have a debit card

This will allow you to send money by post.

Gifts and parcels

Residents can apply for permission to receive parcels from loved ones.

Ask in the visitors centre for more information on what’s allowed and how it works.

Friends and families of prisoners are permitted to send books directly to their loved ones, or can order books from approved retailers, which can source and send the books on to prisoners.

For the full list of approved retailers, you can read the HMPPS Incentives Policy, Annex F.

All prisoners are entitled to an annual clothing exchange, this has to be pre-approved by the reception staff. Please do not post parcels until your family member/friend has this authority or parcels will be rejected.

Life at Brixton Prison

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

Security and safeguarding

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

For further information about what to do when you are worried or concerned about someone in prison visit the Prisoners’ Families helpline website.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Brixton 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.

Induction

Each person who arrives at Brixton Prison gets an induction that lasts about a week. 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.

Accommodation

Around 800 prisoners are at Brixton across 5 wings. These are A, B, C, D and G wings. G wing is reserved for vulnerable residents.

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

Education and work

Residents have access to education and training provided by PeoplePlus. Subjects include English, maths and writing skills. They also have access to a range of work-based courses on radio production, health and safety, retail and customer services, fashion, business, cleaning services, horticulture and more.

Brixton Prison partners with several local businesses to provide work experience to residents as well as work opportunities on release:

  • Bad Boys Bakery
  • Bounceback (painting and decoration)
  • Sue Ryder
  • Handmade Alliance
  • The Clink Charity (catering)

Residents can also gain work in various roles throughout the prison.

Organisations Brixton Prison works with

Brixton is a venue for the The Clink Restaurant, a public restaurant run by residents in partnership with The Clink Charity. The residents study for NVQs in cooking, food service and cleaning while they work. They also receive mentoring upon release, including support with employment and accommodation.

The Prison Radio Association (PRA) produces radio programming for and by prisoners.

St Giles Trust helps prisoners find housing as they approach release.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

If you would like support with rebuilding family ties or general queries regarding friends and family support please email brixton@prisonadvice.org.uk.

The Head of Operations and Operations Custodial Manager are the lead and champion for Family and Significant others should you wish to direct any queries specifically to them.

Befriending services

Having a loved one go to prison is frightening and traumatic. Having support and someone to talk to who knows the prison experience and what families are going through makes all the difference. We have a dedicated team of trained volunteer Befrienders who can offer sympathetic, reliable, non-judgemental support.

If you would be interested in weekly supportive calls please email the befriending Co-ordinator, Kat Liapis at kat.liapis@prisonadvice.org.uk. Please include your full name, contact phone number and/or email as well as your loved one’s full name and prison number.

Support at Brixton Prison

Phoenix Futures family support service provides support and guidance to families and prisoners affected by substance misuse.

Concerns, problems and complaints

In an emergency

If you think the prisoner is at immediate risk please call the switchboard on 0208 588 6000 and ask for the Orderly Officer and explain that your concern is an emergency.

Safety hotline

If your concern is urgent but not life-threatening, please call the Safer Custody Helpline on 0208 588 6156 or contact the prison Safer Custody team using the web form (the team will pick up all contact forms within 72 hours).

Find out about call charges

If you have any other problem contact Brixton Prison.

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

Contact Brixton Prison

Governor: Mia Motter

Telephone: 020 8588 6000
Fax: 020 8588 6283
Find out about call charges

Follow Brixton Prison on Twitter

Address

HMP Brixton
Jebb Avenue
Brixton
London
SW2 5XF

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Published 5 May 2020
Last updated 23 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated visiting times for B and D wings on Monday, Saturday and Sunday

  2. Updated visiting guidance based on 1 April COVID rule changes

  3. Added link to new safer custody information under Security and safeguarding.

  4. Updated visiting information: Testing for visitors aged 12 and over.

  5. Updated legal visits booking number

  6. Updated physical contact guidance

  7. Updated rules for sending in money and gifts.

  8. New visiting times and booking information added, following gate refurbishment work.

  9. Visits temporarily suspended at Brixton due to building work completion.

  10. Prison has resumed visits for family, friends and significant others. We will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.

  11. Updated visit info

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

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

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

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

  16. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  17. Updated governor from Dave Bamford to Louise Ysart

  18. First published.