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HM Prison Wetherby

HM Prison Wetherby

York Road, Wetherby, LS22 5ED, United Kingdom

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Description HMP/YOI Wetherby is a male juveniles prison, located in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.HistoryA former Naval Base, Wetherby was introduced into the Prison System in 1958 as a Borstal. Since that time there have been many changes in its role from an open Youth Custody Centre, to a closed Youth Custody Centre, to its current role as a dedicated Male Juvenile Prison housing inmates aged between 15 and 17 years.It houses offenders who are from Humberside, North, South and West Yorkshire and parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Its functional capacity is 276 detainees, however, the Ministry of Justice list the operational capacity as being 336 detainees.The prison todayAll living accommodation in the prison is in single occupancy cells. The living accommodation is split into 6 living units (Anson, Benbow, Clarke, Collingwood, Drake, Exmouth & Frobisher) housing 60 trainees in each. There are two brick-built units that were built in the 1970s and 4 “quick-build” ready-to-use units that were erected in 1997. An additional self-contained unit for vulnerable boys in custody has officially opened in 2009 by the Youth Justice Board, the Keppel Unit holds up to 48 boys aged 15–17, offering enhanced support including individual care plans.Wetherby's Education Programme (offered on a half-time basis) is provided by The Manchester College. Courses are provided in a variety of subjects and individual timetables are developed to meet the trainees’ needs in conjunction with the sentence planning process. The establishment has a Chaplaincy Team for both staff and trainees. There are weekly services, an Eccumenical Service for Church of England and other Free Churches, a Roman Catholic service as well as Muslim prayers. A team of three full-time chaplains, as well as part-time and sessional chaplains meet the needs of trainees and staff. The prison has a small Health Care Centre which is run by nursing staff who provide

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