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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

Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at Brixton 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:

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

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

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

Phone calls

Residents do not have phones in their rooms 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.

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.

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.

Life at Brixton Prison

Brixton 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 Brixton 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 the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board.

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 men live 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.

Support at Brixton Prison

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

Problems and complaints

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

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

Contact Brixton Prison

Governor: Louise Ysart

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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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Brixton, call the safer custody hotline. Leave as much information as possible about the resident and your concerns, as well as your contact details. You may not receive a call back but the resident may be asked to contact you if appropriate.

Telephone: 0208 588 6156
Find out about call charges

In an emergency, call the main switchboard and ask for the orderly officer or duty governor.

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Published 5 May 2020
Last updated 21 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated visit info

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

  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 national restrictions in England.

  6. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  7. Updated governor from Dave Bamford to Louise Ysart

  8. First published.