HMP The Verne

HMP The Verne, located in Dorset, is a Category C training prison primarily for adult males, especially those serving life sentences or sentences of four years and above. It opened in 1949 on the site of a former army barracks. The Verne stands out for its safety, excellent staff-prisoner relations, and a positive atmosphere. The staff are noted for their care for inmates and de-escalation skills. Inmates appreciate the open regime, cleanliness, quietness, and amenities like curtains in cells. Community meetings and a variety of representatives and mentors contribute to its unique environment​​​​.

HMP The Verne

Contact Information for HMP The Verne

  • Address: The Verne, Portland, Dorset DT5 1EQ
  • Telephone: 01305 825000
  • Capacity: 595​​

Visiting Information for HMP The Verne

  • Booking Visits: Visits must be booked by telephone, as no online booking service is available.
  • Visiting Times: Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • Visits Enquiry Line: 01305 825 014 (Open Monday to Friday, 2 pm to 4 pm; closes at 3:30 pm on Friday).
  • Parking: Parking facilities are available for visitors​​​​​​.

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