HMP Forest Bank opened in 2000, with accommodation provided on six residential units. The establishment opened under a 25-year public finance initiative, contracted to provide 800 places as a Category B Local prison for adult males.
Two further residential units were added in November 2009, gradually increasing the prison’s capacity to 1,160. With additional prisoner places, the operational capacity now stands at 1,460.
Strong links to the local community
As well as 16 residential units on site, there is a healthcare centre, gym, library, industries complex, visits hall, chaplaincy and kitchen. The prison serves the courts of Greater Manchester and maintains strong links to the local community with a focus on resettlement.
HMP Forest Bank holds adult men both on remand or sentenced and young prisoners between the ages of 18-21 years.
The Director of the prison is Matt Spencer, who worked in the Prison Service for 26 years before joining Sodexo Justice Services in 2013, then as Director of HMP Northumberland. The Controller is Karen Serdet.