Guidance

Leeds Prison

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

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 Leeds

To visit someone in Leeds you must:

  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit at least 24 hours in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

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

Sentenced and convicted prisoners are entitled to 3 visits every 28 days. Visits last one hour. They can also earn extra visits each month depending on their privileges.

Contact Leeds 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 Leeds
  • 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: 0113 203 2995
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 9:30am, 1pm to 2pm
Find out about call charges

You can also book in person at the prison, from Monday to Friday at 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4pm. Bring in the prisoner’s name, number and date of birth, as well as all the visitors’ names and dates of birth.

Email (enquiries only): socialvisits.leeds@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

If you are an ex-offender and have been in prison before, you must make a formal request in writing to security before you book a visit. Include the name of the man you want to visit, your name and date of birth and previous prisoner number (if known). Also mention any license conditions still in effect. If approved, you will get a letter from the security department. Bring that letter to each visit as proof you have been cleared.

People who are on Home Detention Curfew (HDC) or on licence must also bring a copy of the licence with their approval letter to the visit.

Visiting times:

  • Monday: 10am to 11:30am, 2pm to 3pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 11:30am, 2pm to 3pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 11:30am, 2pm to 3pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday: 10am to 11:30am, 2pm to 3pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 2pm to 3pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 2pm to 3pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Email: legalvisits.leeds@justice.gov.uk

Include in the email:

  • prisoner number or date of birth
  • names of all visitors
  • dates you want to visit

Visiting times:

  • Monday: 9:15am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:15am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday: 9:15am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm

You can choose a 45-minute slot during these times.

Getting to Leeds

Find Leeds on a map

The closest railway station is Leeds and buses and taxis run from there. It’s a 30-minute walk or about ten minutes in a taxi.

To plan your journey by public transport:

Parking is very limited at the prison but there is plenty in the surrounding residential area.

Entering Leeds

All visitors aged 18 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:

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

If you do not have one of the above, you can bring 2 of the following:

  • a birth or marriage certificate
  • a foreign identity card or residents card
  • a credit or debit card
  • employer’s pass or student ID card (without a photo, if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • trade union or student union membership card

In exceptional circumstances, if you are genuinely unable to meet the ID requirements, apply in writing to the governor explaining why and they may grant permission. This must be done well in advance of the visit.

All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and need a full birth certificate to enter the prison. This is the only form of ID accepted for visitors under 18. Red books are only allowed for babies under 6 weeks old.

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

Leeds has a strict dress code policy, which means visitors should wear smart clothes (no vests, no low-cut tops, no shorts, no short dresses and no headwear, other than that worn for religious reasons).

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £20 in coins (notes are not allowed). The money can be used to buy food and drink from the vending machine in the visiting hall.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Leeds. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security. Pushchairs and car seats can enter the prison but will be thoroughly searched.

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

Jigsaw runs the visitor centre where you wait for your visit to start. It offers support, advice, reassurance and information. There are quiet rooms where you can talk confidentially.

There is also a children’s play area, baby changing facilities and a buggy park where you can leave pushchairs. There is free access to the internet, books and magazines, refreshments and a phone to call a taxi should you need one.

When your visiting session starts, you will go through to the visiting hall. This has 20 seats for open visits with 3 adjoining booths for closed visits. Hot and cold refreshments are available.

At weekends and during school holidays, there are qualified play workers leading children’s activities.

Telephone (visitor centre): 0113 203 2271

Family days

Around special times such as Christmas, Easter and Eid, Jigsaw runs family days at the visitor centre.

Residents can apply for these.

Keep in touch with someone at Leeds

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

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.

Email

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.

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 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.

Induction

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.

Accommodation

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: complaintscorrespondenceleeds@justice.gov.uk

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

Email: complaintscorrespondenceleeds@justice.gov.uk

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Address

HMP Leeds
2 Gloucester Terrace
Stanningley Road
Leeds
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
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