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HM Prison Hatfield

HMP & YOI Hatfield
Location Hatfield Woodhouse, South Yorkshire
Security class Adult Male/Young Offender
Population 260 (as of August 2008)
Managed by HM Prison Services
Governor Marian Mahoney

HM Prison Hatfield (formerly HMP & YOI Moorland Open) is a Category D men's prison and Young Offenders Institution, located near Hatfield Woodhouse in South Yorkshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service, and is jointly managed with the nearby Moorland Prison.


In August 2006, a report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons stated that both Moorland and HMP & YOI Hatfield Prisons were well managed, and provided a safe and respectful environment for inmates and staff. However the report also claimed that more than a third of prisoners were unoccupied at HMP & YOI Hatfield, with a lengthy waiting list of inmates wanting to join education classes.[1]

Weeks later, it was revealed that in a three-year period 190 inmates had escaped from HMP & YOI Hatfield. The Prison Service did not have statistics on how many of these inmates had been recaptured, but claimed that "most would have been returned to a closed prison at some point."[2]

In 2010 HMP & YOI Moorland Open changed its name to become HMP & YOI Hatfield; which is still managed jointly with HMP & YOI Moorland.

On 13 July 2011, it was announced that HMP & YOI Hatfield would be put out to tender, accepting bids from private companies and HM Prison Service for the management of the establishment.[3]

The prison today

HMP & YOI Hatfield is a prison holding Category D adult males and young offenders. Prisoners are usually transferred from other prisons (especially Moorland Closed) to complete their sentences at HMP & YOI Hatfield. Accommodation at the prison comprises 4 units for adult male prisoners, and 1 unit for young offenders. All cells are single occupancy.

Adult prisoners at HMP & YOI Hatfield are usually placed in resettlement employment, with outside companies with guaranteed minimum wage. Young Offenders are usually placed in education and vocational training. Courses include industrial cleaning and catering.

Notable former inmates


External links

  • Ministry of Justice pages on Hatfield

Coordinates: 53°35′12″N 0°58′53″W / 53.586700°N 0.981500°W / 53.586700; -0.981500

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