Prison Liverpool (formerly Walton Gaol)
is a CategoryB/C
local men's Prison, located in the Walton area of Liverpool in Merseyside, England.
prison is operated by Her
Majesty's Prison Service
Liverpool Prison (originally known as Walton Gaol
) was constructed in 1855 to replace a much older
and more cramped establishment in the centre of Liverpool.
The prison was the site of 62 judicial executions
, from 1887 to 1964.
The last execution at the prison was that of Peter Anthony Allen
. He and his
accomplice Gwynne Owen Evans
convicted for the murder of John Alan
in April 1964. They were simultaneously hanged on 13 August
1964; Allen was hanged at Walton Gaol, and
Evans at Strangeways in Manchester.
In May 2003 an inspection report from Her Majesty's Chief
Inspector of Prisons
severely criticised Liverpool Prison for
its overcrowding and poor industrial relations which had led to an
unacceptable regime. The inspection found that parts of the jail
were generally unclean, had cockroach infestations and broken
windows. Inmates were able to shower and change their clothes just
once a week at the prison.
The prison today
Liverpool is a local prison for remand and sentenced adult males in
the Merseyside catchment area
. The prison
has eight wings, all of which have been refurbished to include
integral sanitation. As of August 2008, its population was 1443,
second largest, but with a similar capacity to HMP
Liverpool Prison offers education
training courses, as well as workshops and programmes organised by
the prison's Psychology Department. A Listener Scheme, supported by
, operates for prisoners
who are at risk from suicide
or self harm.
There is a Resettlement unit at HMP Liverpool which comprises a
Citizens Advice Unit, Connexions
Centre Plus. All healthcare services at Liverpool Prison are
commissioned through Liverpool Primary Care Trust
. A new all-purpose
28-bed impatient/primary care service was opened in July/August
Notable former inmates
- Walton prison, Liverpool.