What is Ford Prison Like?

Ford Prison

Ford Prison

What is Ford Prison Like? Ford Prison is an Open CAT D prison based in West Sussex near Arundel and Littlehampton. Ford Prison has a capacity of 544 males and is normally full at most times due to the amount of prisoners trying to get into a CAT D Prison.

Ford Prison was an old RAF based and opened its doors in 1960. The prison is part of the HMPS estate, Kent and Sussex Region.

Prisoners are able to access ROTL from Ford Prison. RDRs and RORs. This is day release upto 12 hours and ROR, overnight release. A prisoner can work upto 5 nights and 4 days outside of the prison for resettlement.

Ford Prison has lots of land, a field, gardening facilities, gym, dinner hall, single and shared accommodation. There is opportunity to work on the outside of the prison with local employers and also internal vacancies such as Gym, induction and library orderly jobs.

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How to get to Ford Prison

Getting to Ford prison. The train station closest to Ford Prison is Ford which is about a mile walk from the prison itself. There isnt a bus that goes direct to the prison, however on visit days, the prison sometimes provides a shuttle bus. I would check when booking a prison visit that the shuttle bus is operating to and from the Train station.

Driving to Ford Prison? Go North A29 when you get to Arundel roundabout continue to the A27. You will see the 4th turning is signed Ford, the prison is about a mile after you pass the railway.

If you go south use the A25.

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Ford Prison is a male Category D Open Prison run by the HMPS. Capacity at Ford Prison is around 545 prisoners and its part of the Kent and Sussex Region.

Ford priosn, Firstly, being an open prison and therefore CAT D means that the inmates get less bang up time than in a Cat C, B or A Prison. It is usually used for prisoners end of term to get resettlement back into the community. Prisoners have the chance to get days and overnights out of the prison via ROTLS which is release on temporary licence known as ROR and RDR’s.


Book Ford Prison Visit

How to Book a Visit at Ford Prison? Firstly, You can book a ford prison visit online through HMPPS: Click here

Secondly, How to get to Ford prison: You can get to Ford Prison Via Train, With the nearest train station Ford Train Station, It would take a good 15 minutes walk.

Because of the remote location of the prison, Ford Prison often supply a shuttle bus to the train station, therefore it might be worth making checks with the prison to see if this is running is you are planning on getting there via train.

Ford Prison does have quite a few facilities on site including its own nursery (flowers and plants), industrial laundry and gym. There are various jobs for the prisoners to do at Ford Prison as it is classed as a ‘working prison’, therefore all the inmates are required to do some form of job unless medically able to.

Jobs include cooking, cleaning, gardening, rubbish disposal, orderly roles, library, induction and even gym staff.

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If you are looking to park at ford prison, there is plenty of parking spaces directly across the road from Ford Prison. There is also a free shuttle bus service on visiting days from the train station. Contact Ford Prison prior to your arrival to confirm that the shuttle bus is operational. 

Getting There – How to get to Ford Prison

Getting to Ford Prison – There is parking across the road from Ford Prison is the main car park which also includes the Ford Prison Staff Parking.

You can park along side the main car park which spans far back. It can get busy on visit days so get there early. The nearest train station is Ford Train Station which is approximately a 15 minute walk.


You can get help covering the costs of visiting someone in prison if you meet the following criteria:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax credits
  • Pension Credit