Leeds Prison

Leeds is an adult male prison in the Armley area of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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Book and plan your visit to Leeds

Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at Leeds 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 Leeds

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

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 (except for those on a restricted regime or in segregation) have phones in their rooms. They can only make outgoing calls so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this and can call between 7am and 10pm.

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.

Men can also use the phones on their unit.

Depending on their daily activity, they can call between:

  • 8:15am to 8:45pm
  • 10:30am to 11:30am
  • 3:15pm to 4:30pm
  • 6pm to 7pm

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 Leeds 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 Leeds.


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 Leeds.

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:

  • postal orders
  • cheques
  • cash

Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to The Governor and include the resident’s name and prisoner number on the back.

Gifts and parcels

People in Leeds are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. Contact Leeds for more information on what’s allowed.

You can only bring in items if the resident has applied for and been granted permission. They also must have detailed the items.

They can only be brought in by person and accepted at these times:

  • Monday: 9am to 11am, 1:30pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 11am, 1:30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 11am, 1:30pm to 4pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am to 11am, 1:30pm to 4pm

Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Leeds

Leeds 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 Leeds 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 Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Leeds, they (or a member of staff) will contact their family by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

All men are searched, then given their ID, a hot drink, a shower, a change of clothes and a hot meal.

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


Leeds has nearly 700 rooms, across 6 wings (A to F) which house over 1100 men. There are a mixture of single and shared rooms. All wings have exercise yards and gym equipment.

There are residential wings, a first-night centre, an incentivised substance-free living wing (ISFL) and a wing dedicated to vulnerable prisoners.

Education and work

In each 6-week period, the learning and skills department offers over 6000 class sessions, in a variety of subjects, ranging from business and self-employment to literacy and numeracy.

Leeds focuses on planning for each individual, so all men take a basic skills screening test when they arrive. This makes sure all men get the fundamental education they need in English and maths before they start work. This can then be matched to a realistic career plan so they can go on to get the skills and qualifications needed for work when they leave.

Leeds also works in partnership with Bounceback which offers City and Guilds qualifications in painting and decorating, carpentry and multi skills.

St Giles supports men into employment on release.

The Offender Management Unit (OMU) works with the men and voluntary and community services to help resettlement.

The ‘Fathers Inside’ programme helps fathers to develop and keep up good relationships with their children.

The Offender Assessment System (OASys) helps men change anti-social behaviour to reduce risk of harm and reoffending.

Temporary release

A man in category D is assessed weekly to be considered for release on temporary licence (ROTL). If they meet the criteria, they go to the board for consideration and most are then prioritised for transfer to an open prison.

Organisations Leeds works with

The Offender Management Unit (OMU) works with the men and also with voluntary and community services to help resettlement.

It works with:

  • Shelter to get the men somewhere stable to live
  • Leeds Community Health Trust for access to mental and physical healthcare and also substance abuse and addiction services
  • Citizens Advice and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to help men keep on top of finance and debt
  • Jigsaw which runs the visitor centre
  • The Community Chaplaincy Organisation
  • Nacro which helps to house, educate, support and advise people in need

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Leeds

The Prison Advice and Care Trust offers support to families and partners while their loved one is in prison.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem email:

If you can not resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

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

Contact Leeds

Governor: Steven Robson

Telephone: 0113 203 2600
Monday to Friday, 7am to 10pm
Weekends, 7am to 5pm
Outside these hours, calls are diverted to the communications room.

Fax: 0113 203 2601
Find out about call charges


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HMP Leeds
2 Gloucester Terrace
Stanningley Road
West Yorkshire
LS12 2TJ

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Leeds, call the safer custody hotline. Leave your name, your telephone number, the resident’s name and prisoner number, and a brief description of the problem. Someone will call you back within 24 hours.

Telephone: 0113 203 2629
Find out about call charges

In an emergency, call the main switchboard on 0113 203 2600.

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Published 7 April 2020
Last updated 21 December 2020 + show all updates
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