General Details, HMP Woodhill

HMP Woodhill was opened in 1992 as a local prison, but in the late 1990s took on a high security role as a core local prison. The prison also has a close supervision centre (CSC), ‘managing challenging behaviour’ unit and protected witness unit, housing some of the most challenging prisoners in the system.


  • House units 1–4 are divided into two wings, A and B. Each wing on the main house units is designed to hold 60 prisoners in single cells.
    • House unit 1A – convicted prisoners (a designated unit to hold remand category A prisoners if required)
    • House units 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A – convicted prisoners
    • House unit 4B – first night and induction centre
  • House unit 5 – currently closed owing to staff shortfalls
  • House unit 6 – national close supervision centre, separation unit (currently closed) and discrete unit
  • Clinical assessment unit – health care inpatients
  • Compass unit – reintegration and additional needs unit

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