Her Majesty’s Prison Wakefield is a Category A men’s prison, located in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty’s Prison Service, and is the largest maximum security prison in the United Kingdom (and western Europe). The prison has been nicknamed the “Monster Mansion” due to the large number of high-profile, high-risk sex offenders incarcerated there
Wakefield Prison holds approximately 700 of Britain’s most dangerous men (mainly sex offenders and prisoners serving life sentences for violent crimes against women and children). Including approximately 100 Category A and 10 High Risk Category A prisoners. Accommodation at the prison comprises single occupancy cells with integral sanitation. All residential units have kitchens available for offenders to prepare their own meals. An Incentives and Earned Privileges system allows standard and enhanced offenders the opportunity of in-cell TV. All offenders are subject to mandatory drugs testing and there are voluntary testing arrangements, which are compulsory for all offenders employed as e.g. wing cleaners or kitchen workers.
Defined as a Category A prison, every move within the prison is monitored. The single-occupancy cell consists of a basic, single metal-framed bed, a wooden table with a laminate blue top and chair, two cupboards, a small anti self-harm mirror as well as a stainless steel basin and toilet and a 14in television.
HMP Wakefield offers a range of activities for inmates, including charity work, an accredited course in industrial cleaning, and a Braille shop where offenders convert books to Braille. The Education Department is operated by The Manchester College, and offers learning opportunities ranging from basic skills to Open University courses. Other facilities include a prison shop, gym, and multi-faith chaplaincy.
Cooking facilities Fridge – Freezer Hobbies kits In-cell power Own bedding (Quilt cover – Enhanced only) Own clothes (not Basic) Pets (if in possession) Playstation (Enhanced only) Television (£1 per week)
Attacks on offenders at Wakefield on those who have been sentenced for child abuse cases are frequent