Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre

Morton Hall is an immigration removal centre (IRC) in Swinderby, near Lincoln, for men aged 18 and over.

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Book and plan your visit to Morton Hall

Morton Hall is at stage 3 in the National Framework for Prisons. We are now preparing to open for visits and we will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.

To book a visit, contact the prison.

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 Morton Hall

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

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 are allowed their own basic mobile phones and can use these to make and receive calls. Some features, such as cameras, are not permitted.

Residents can also borrow phones from reception.


Residents have access to an internet hub where they can browse websites and access personal email.


You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and number on the envelope.

If you do not know their number, contact Morton Hall.

All post, apart from legal letters, can 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 and cheques. These should be made payable to ‘HMPPS’ and include the resident’s name and number on the back.

Gifts and parcels

Items such as clothes and books can be sent in to residents or handed in during a visit. Contact Morton Hall for more information on what’s allowed.

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

All parcels can be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Morton Hall

Morton Hall holds adult men who are subject to deportation and require secure conditions. Residents can access family contact, legal support and a range of activities. A Home Office team is based at the site providing a link with case workers.

On 20 July 2020, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service informed the Home Office of its intention to return Morton Hall to use as part of the prison estate. Over the next 12 months, HMPPS will invest in the site to create a category C male prison, which will provide almost 400 extra prison places.

HMPPS will work with staff, trade unions and the Home Office on transition plans and will provide further updates in due course.

This change will not influence or affect residents’ immigration status.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Morton Hall 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 Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Morton Hall, 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.


Each person who arrives at Morton Hall gets an induction that lasts a couple of days. 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

In addition, they will meet with a member of Home Office staff.

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


Around 400 men live at Morton Hall across a number of residential units. These are:

  • Seacole (for new arrivals)
  • Fry
  • Windsor
  • Sharman
  • Johnson
  • Torr

There is also a care and separation unit.

Education and work

Residents have access to a broad range of learning opportunities, including classes in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Other course include:

  • business studies
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • literacy and numeracy
  • life skills such as preparation for work, budgeting and money management

There are additional vocational courses in barbering, catering, gardening and recycling as well as work-based learning in industrial workshops.

Language Line and local translators are used to assist residents.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Problems and complaints

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

Contact Morton Hall

Manager: Karen Head

Telephone: 01522 666 700
Fax: 01522 666 895
Find out about call charges


IRC Morton Hall

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Safer custody

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Morton Hall, you can leave a message on the safeguarding line. Messages are checked at least 4 times a day.

Telephone: 01522 666 885
Find out about call charges

In an emergency, call 01522 666 976 to talk to a member of staff.

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Published 1 July 2020
Last updated 9 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Prison moved into National Stage 3 framework and is now preparing to open visits for family, friends and significant others. We will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.

  2. visit update

  3. Updated visit info

  4. updated visit info

  5. Updated visit info

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

  7. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  8. Updated: HMP Morton Hall visiting times and visiting procedure changes in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  9. First published.