Stafford Prison

Stafford Prison is a prison in the centre of Stafford for men convicted of a sex offence.

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Book and plan your visit to Stafford Prison

Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at Stafford 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 Stafford Prison

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


You can send emails to someone in Stafford 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 Stafford 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


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 Stafford 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

Friends and family can hand in books for residents during a visit.

All other property must be posted in. Residents are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them. Contact Stafford Prison for more information on what’s allowed.

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 Stafford Prison

Stafford 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 Stafford 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 Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Stafford 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.


Each person who arrives at Stafford 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.


Around 750 men live at Stafford across 7 wings. Most men share a room.

Men on the ‘enhanced’ behaviour level can live in single rooms with their own showers.

Residents have access to a sports hall, fitness suites, weights room and an outdoor pitch. The fitness programme includes a range of team sports and classes.

Stafford Prison has a diverse, multi-faith chaplaincy team providing support to residents.

Education and work

Residents have access to a broad programme of learning opportunities provided by Milton Keynes College. These range from basic skills, such as English and maths, to distance learning with the Open University.

The programme includes training in a variety of trades and professions, including:

  • bricklaying
  • carpentry
  • industrial cleaning
  • painting and decorating
  • plastering

Work is available throughout the prison in areas such as the laundry and catering. Residents are also employed by 9 industrial workshops that have contracts with outside businesses, as well as textile and tailoring workshops for the prison service. Residents can earn qualifications while working.

Stafford Prison also runs a number of accredited offending behaviour programmes.

Organisations Stafford Prison works with

Shannon Trust helps residents with their reading skills and organises writers in residence at the prison library.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Problems and complaints

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

Contact Stafford Prison

Governor: Mark Greenhaf

Telephone: 01785 773 000
Fax: 01785 773 001
Find out about call charges

Follow Stafford Prison on Twitter


HMP Stafford
54 Gaol Road
ST16 3AW

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Safer custody hotline

If you are worried about the health or safety of a resident call our safer custody hotline.

Telephone: 01785 773 127

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Published 19 May 2020
Last updated 21 December 2020 + show all updates
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  8. Updated: HMP Stafford visiting times and visiting procedure changes during coronavirus.

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