Guidance

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

Brixton prison is now offering visits for family, friends and significant others, in line with stage 1 of the National Framework for Prisons.

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.

We are now allowing physical contact at social visits following a negative rapid test. Find out more here.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them.

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003. You will not be able to book a visit using this number.

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

Brixton is running a limited visits schedule. Visits are also happening differently than normal, observing strict guidelines, which must be followed.

You can book your visit by telephone. There is no online booking service available.

Booking line: 0208 678 1433
Monday to Friday, 1:15pm to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times

  • Monday: B wing - 4pm, D wing - 2:15pm
  • Tuesday: G wing - 2:15pm and 4pm
  • Wednesday: A wing and LPU - 2:15pm and 4pm
  • Thursday: C wing - 2:15pm and 4pm
  • Saturday: A wing and LPU - 2:15pm, C wing - 3:45pm, D wing - 9:15am and G wing - 10:15am
  • Sunday: A wing and LPU - 9:15am, B wing - 2:15pm, C wing - 10:45am and G wing - 3:45pm

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

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, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

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.

There will be no refreshments available during your visit.

Email: brixton@prisonadvice.org.uk
Telephone: 0208 588 6406
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

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.

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.

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 18 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated legal visits booking number

  2. Updated physical contact guidance

  3. Updated rules for sending in money and gifts.

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

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

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

  7. Updated visit info

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

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

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

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

  12. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  13. Updated governor from Dave Bamford to Louise Ysart

  14. First published.