Report on HMP Addiewell 6-17 August 2018

Key Facts


HMP Addiewell is situated in the village of Addiewell, near West Calder in West Lothian.


HMP Addiewell is operated by a private company, Sodexo Justice Services and contracted to the Scottish Prison Service. It serves the courts in Lanarkshire and West Lothian, holding prisoners remanded in custody as well as convicted adult male prisoners. 

HMP Addiewell was designed as a ‘learning’ prison, where offenders are able to improve their employability prospects, address their offending behaviour and the circumstances which led to their imprisonment.

Brief history

The prison opened in 2008.


HMP Addiewell has two large purpose-built house blocks, within which there are 12 separate wings containing single and double cells, as well as accessible cells for prisoners with mobility issues. The wings are utilised to separate remand, convicted, new admission, long‑term and protection prisoners. The prison also has a separation and reintegration unit.

Design capacity

The establishment can, if required, hold up to 796 prisoners. However, the current contracted operational capacity is 700.

Date of last inspection

29 June – 10 July 2015

Healthcare provider

Royal Edinburgh Associated Services

Learning provider