Welcome to HMP Thameside


At HMP Thameside we provide a safe, decent, secure and respectful environment that encapsulates a wide range of constructive activities. The regime both combines and embraces work, education, vocational training, accredited offending behaviour programmes, as well as prisoner health and appropriate interventions where individual need is identified.

HMP Thameside is a Local category B establishment that can currently hold 1,232 convicted and remand male prisoners.

The prison has a baseline Certificate of Normal Accommodation (CNA) of 932, and an in use Operational Capacity (OP CAP) of 1,232 which due to national population pressures will always be under review.

The primary purpose of HMP Thameside is to deliver a service through its contractual arrangements to meet the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) objectives by:

  • Protecting the public in holding those committed by the courts in a safe, decent and healthy environment.
  • Reducing re-offending by providing constructive regimes that address offending behaviour, improve prisoner education and work skills, provide resettlement needs and promote law abiding behaviour in custody and after release.

In support of these objectives, HMP Thameside's vision will be to provide the most productive and decent regime practicable. It will work to achieve this through its professional staff and constructive relationships with prisoners, their families and all other Criminal Justice agencies.

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Craig Thomson - Director

Craig Thomson

Director - HMP Thameside