General Details, HMP & YOI Askham Grange

Prison Details

Askham Grange is an open establishment operating a resettlement regime for women and young adult women. It is also able to provide accommodation and care for up to 10 mothers and babies. It has an operational capacity of 128. Housed in an impressive manor house which was built as a private residence in 1846. It was leased to the former Prison Commissioners in 1946 and sold to them in 1950. Askham Grange has operated as a women’s open establishment ever since. It is an open prison, which facilitates a resettlement regime for long and short-stay residents.

It is part of the Yorkshire & Humberside region and the #1 governor is is Julia Spence who has been in charge since August 2019


  • Main house has 51 single rooms and some dormitories which each hold up to six residents.
  • Annex to the main house provides a further 21 bedrooms.
  • Mother and baby unit can accommodate up to 10 mothers and 11 babies.
  • Acorn Centre has 20 single rooms and one double.
  • Acorn House is a standalone building within the prison grounds with five bedrooms that enables women to spend time with their children and a family member, often overnight, in a domestic environment.

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