HMP Erlestoke is a public sector, category C training and resettlement prison for men and young adults. It is the only prison in Wiltshire and is located in the rural village of Erlestoke, not far from Devizes. The nearest railway station is Westbury, 8 miles away.
The prison is intervention focused providing a national resource of programmes which address offending behaviours and drug/alcohol issues. It is one of four prisons delivering the Progression Regime which aims to help Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners (ISPs) serving life sentences and Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners provide information and evidence to the Parole Board to support release.
The total operational capacity of the prison is 468 prisoners. ISPs and IPPs make up over a third of the prison’s population with the remainder serving sentences of four years or more.
There are eight residential units; four are standard units, one of which is used for induction. Four are enhanced units, housing those prisoners with enhanced privileges. There is also a separate care and separation unit for vulnerable and difficult prisoners.
The prison also comprises a kitchen, visitors’ centre, chaplaincy, gym, sports hall, education department, library, healthcare centre and a number of workshops.