Stocken Prison

Stocken Prison is a men’s prison near Oakham in Rutland, East Midlands.

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Book and plan your visit to Stocken

Stocken prison 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.

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 Stocken

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

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

None of the phones that residents have access to accept incoming calls 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.

Residents on the highest behaviour level have phones in their rooms which they can use at any time. Other residents have access to communal phones between 9am and midday and 1:30pm to 7:30pm.

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 Stocken 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 Stocken.


You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and prisoner number or date of birth on the envelope. Also add your name and address on the back of the envelope.

All post, apart from legal letters, will be checked by officers and screened for drugs.

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. You should also include your name, address and contact details in the envelope.

Gifts and parcels

Friends and family can send only books to residents. Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel. They will be opened and checked by officers.

It’s not possible to send any other items or property. You can send residents money instead which they can use to buy items through a catalogue system.

Life at Stocken

Stocken is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release. It provides purposeful activity to all residents, including programmes, education and employment.

There is a proactive community council and dedicated equalities team offering support to residents.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Stocken has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Adults Board.

Support networks are available to residents including a listeners scheme and recovery network.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Stocken, 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.

They also have access to a small shop in reception, where they can buy essential items to see them through to the first canteen order day.


Each person who arrives at Stocken 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 950 men live at Stocken across the following units:

  • H wing: for new residents going through induction
  • I wing: for residents who need support with substance use
  • N wing: for residents on the highest privilege level, with in-cell phones and additional facilities
  • F, K, L and M units: standard units housing between 100 and 200 men each

All units have facilities such as showers and telephones.

Education and work

Men in Stocken can take part in full-time or part-time college courses or employment in workshops.

There are vocational training courses available including:

  • recycling
  • catering
  • bicycle maintenance
  • painting
  • bricklaying
  • plumbing
  • motorcycle maintenance

There is a gym where men can also complete courses leading to qualifications.

Workshops include:

  • retail and warehousing with DHL
  • packaging
  • assembly
  • recycling
  • laundering
  • gardening

Stocken offers accredited offending behaviour courses along with other psychological services.

There are drug treatment programmes, drug courses and a drug-free wing.

Organisations Stocken works with

Lincolnshire Action Trust helps residents and their families maintain healthy relationships.

‘Inclusion’ works with residents to help them remain drug and alcohol free both in custody and beyond.

The Royal British Legion and neighbouring barracks help ensure veterans are supported during their time in custody.

Rutland County Council supports Stocken’s bicycle repair workshop by providing bikes from local recycling centres which are then refurbished and donated back to the community.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Stocken

Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) provides a children and families service in the visits hall and visitors centre. LAT will see all new visitors for an induction to assess your needs.

They provide family support and activities and games for children.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Stocken. 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 Stocken in response to independent inspections.

Contact Stocken Prison

Governor: Neil Thomas

Telephone: 01780 795 100
Monday to Friday, 7am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 5pm
Fax: 01780 410 767
Find out about call charges

Follow Stocken on Twitter


HMP Stocken
Stocken Hall Road
Nr Oakham
LE15 7RD

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Stocken, call the safer custody hotline and leave as much information as possible. All issues raised will be investigated.

Telephone: 01780 795 213
Find out about call charges

In an emergency, call the switchboard on 01780 795 100 and ask to speak to the orderly officer.

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Published 24 March 2020
Last updated 30 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. Updated friends and family visiting information in line with national lockdown.

  3. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  4. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

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

  6. Updated: HMP Stocken visiting times and visiting procedure changes in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  7. Updated information to include confirmation of secure video calls being available at this prison.

  8. Added survey link

  9. Covid19 update

  10. First published.