HM Prison Thameside

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HMP Thameside
Location Thamesmead, London, England
Security class Adult Male/Category B
Population 1232 (as of July 2012)
Opened March 2012
Managed by Serco
Director Craig Thompson

HM Prison Thameside is a Category B & C men's private prison in the Thamesmead area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London, England. Thameside Prison is operated by Serco and is situated next to Belmarsh and Isis prisons.


The prison was designed and constructed by Serco and was first opened on 30 March 2012, becoming fully operational in Autumn 2012, with a capacity of 900. It holds prisoners from courts previously served by Brixton Prison and other prisons in London.[1][2]

In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice announced that an additional houseblock would be constructed at Thameside Prison, increasing its capacity.[3]

In May 2013, a report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons was critical of the levels of violence at the prison and its restricted regime. The report found that there was a high level of assaults and use of force, while 60% of prisoners were locked up during the working day, and some inmates spent 23 hours a day in their cells. However, the report also praised the quality of accommodation throughout the prison.[4]

The prison today

The regime at Thameside Prison combines work, education, vocational training, accredited offending behaviour programmes, and prisoner health and appropriate interventions. It is a Local category B establishment that can currently hold 900 convicted and remand male prisoners.

The prison has a baseline Certificate of Normal Accommodation of 600, and an in-use Operational Capacity of 900 which due to national population pressures will always be under review.[5]


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  3. Danny Shaw (2013-01-10). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Retrieved 2013-04-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "BBC News - Thameside prison criticised over violence and regime". 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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