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Brixton Prison

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

Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. 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.

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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.

You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 020 8678 1433
Monday to Friday, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
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Residents live in 5 wings which have different visiting times.

G wing (vulnerable residents) visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 2:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Wednesday: 4pm to 5pm
  • Saturday: 3:45pm to 4:45pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 11am (every other week), 2:15pm to 4:15pm (every third Sunday)

A, B, C and D wing (all other residents) visiting times:

  • Monday: 2:15pm to 3:15pm, 4pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 2:15pm to 3:15pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am to 9:30am, 10:15am to 11:15am, 2:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 10am, 10:45am to 11:45am, 2:15pm to 3:15pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 11am (every other week), 2:15pm to 4:15pm (except every third Sunday)

There are also visits on Thursdays at 6pm to 7pm for enhanced and standard behaviour level residents. These alternate between G wing residents one week and A, B, C and D wing residents the next.

You should arrive at the prison 30 minutes before your visit.

Email: legalvisits.brixton@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 2:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am to 9:30am, 10:15am to 11:15am, 2:15pm to 4:15pm, 6pm to 7pm

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 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • benefit book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass
  • annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
  • employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • European Community identity card

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.

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £15 in coins (notes are not allowed). The money can be used to buy food and drink in the visiting hall.

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. Family and friends can relax, buy refreshments and get advice and support from the staff.

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

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: Dave Bamford

Telephone: 020 8588 6000
Fax: 020 8588 6283
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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
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In an emergency, call the main switchboard and ask for the orderly officer or duty governor.

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Published 5 May 2020