HMP Oakwood

HMP Oakwood, situated in Featherstone, Staffordshire, England, is a Category C prison facility. It began operations in April 2012 under the management of G4S. Originally planned as a titan prison designed to accommodate up to 2,500 inmates, it was scaled down following the cancellation of the titan scheme. The prison’s construction, costing approximately £180 million, was a modular project, a first in the UK, with pre-constructed sections containing essential systems like plumbing and electricity. The prison consists of three house blocks and 13 other buildings.

In March 2011, it was contracted to the private service provider G4S for a 15-year period, alongside HMP Birmingham. This decision led to concerns and objections from the Prison Officers Association, who considered industrial action. Despite criticism, the privatisation proceeded, and the military was placed on standby in case of strikes.

The prison was officially named HMP Oakwood in December 2011, inspired by a nearby oak tree associated with Charles II’s hideout during the English Civil War. HMP Oakwood started admitting prisoners in April 2012, with the aim of becoming fully operational by August or September of the same year.

HMP Oakwood

Contact Information for HMP Oakwood

AddressOaks Dr, Featherstone WV10 7QD
 
 
Phone: 01902 799700
 
Capacity: 2,106
Opened: April 2012

Visiting Information for HMP Oakwood

When planning visits to HMP Oakwood, prisoners can use the N-Force System (also known as the Kiosk) to book their visits, which can be scheduled up to 28 days in advance, with a minimum of 24 hours notice. This streamlined system minimizes visit arrangement delays. Visit durations vary depending on the time of day; for instance, evening visits last one hour.

Visiting hours are as follows:

  • Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs: 14:30-16:30 and 18:30-19:30
  • Fri: 14:30-16:30
  • Sat & Sun: 9:00-11:30, 14:30-16:30

The number of visits allowed depends on the prisoner’s classification:

  • Enhanced prisoners: 4 visits lasting 1-2 hours each
  • Standard prisoners: 3 visits lasting 1-2 hours each
  • Basic prisoners: 2 visits lasting 1 hour each

Visitors should adhere to a dress code that includes not wearing large coats in the Visits Hall and not wearing hooded tops, high-cut shorts, or torn jeans. Additionally, visitors must avoid clothing with logos related to sporting teams or offensive patterns. Inappropriate behavior, such as prolonged intimate kissing or indecent exposure, is strictly prohibited.

To gain entry, visitors must provide identification, and only individuals named in the prisoner’s visit request will be allowed in. Acceptable forms of identification include passports, driving licenses, employer/student ID cards, and more.

Children under 18 can visit under specific conditions, including visiting with a parent, legal guardian, or with proof from the courts. The required identification for child visitors varies by age.

For those planning their journey using public transport, the Traveline website is a useful resource. It provides convenient information for visit planning. For more information visit https://prisonguide.co.uk