HM Prison Parc

Coordinates: 51°31′51″N 3°33′39″W / 51.53083°N 3.56083°W / 51.53083; -3.56083
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HM Prison Parc
LocationBridgend, Mid Glamorgan
Coordinates51°31′51″N 3°33′39″W / 51.53083°N 3.56083°W / 51.53083; -3.56083
Security classCategory B Adult Males/Young Offenders/Juveniles
Capacity1652 (June 2016)
Managed byG4S
DirectorJanet Wallsgrove

HM Prison Parc (Welsh: Carchar Parc EF) is a Category B men's private prison and Young Offenders Institution in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, Wales. It is operated by G4S, and is the only privately operated prison in Wales.


The site was previously occupied by Parc Hospital, a psychiatric hospital.[1] Parc Prison was developed via a Private Finance Initiative contract in January 1996[2] and built by Costain Group at a cost of £82 million, opening in November 1997.[3]

From its opening, Parc Prison was beset with problems. Failures in the security technology, anti-English racism from Welsh inmates, and a high number of suicides were highlighted as concerns by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in a 1999 report.[4] However, in March 2001, a report from the Chief Inspector noted a major improvement in standards.[5]

In August 2004, a Independent Monitoring Board report stated that Parc Prison was the worst-performing of all ten privately run prisons in Wales and England. The report criticised the lack of separate healthcare facilities for juveniles, the inadequate level of dental provision, and poor staff morale.[6]

In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice announced that an additional houseblock would be constructed, increasing capacity.[7]

Current state[edit]

Parc Prison holds Remand and Sentenced Category B Adult males, juveniles and young offenders. All cells are equipped with sanitation, natural and forced ventilation, and electrics. The prison states that all wings are equipped with hot-water boilers, PIN telephones, pool and table tennis tables, showers, laundry facilities, and association areas.[citation needed]

Education is provided by an in-house education department. A range of subjects are offered including English, maths, information technology, art, music, hospitality and languages and a range of vocational qualifications. Qualifications up to and including Open University courses are available. The prison's industries complex comprises nine workshops including carpentry, metalwork, graphic design and print, and industrial cleaning. All other workshops are dedicated to manufacturing contracts with local companies.[citation needed]

Other facilities at the prison include a library, gym, fitness room, and a multi-faith chaplaincy. The prison's visits hall has a canteen and crèche.[citation needed]

Parc has ten wings consisting of eight adult and two YPU wings. Prisoner accommodation is a mix of single and double cells.[citation needed]

Notable inmates[edit]


  1. ^ "Parc Hospital". County Asylums. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ "The PFI Contracts for Bridgend and Fazakerley Prisons" (PDF). National Audit Office. 31 October 1997. p. 66. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Remand prisoner freed by mistake". BBC. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Control is 'fragile' at high-tech prison". 14 October 1999. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Prison responds to critics". 20 March 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Private jail 'worst' says report". 10 August 2004. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  7. ^ Danny Shaw (10 January 2013). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Prison, football, family, the Samaritans and me: Mark Aizlewood on life after jail". Wales Online. Retrieved 17 July 2022.

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