Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. We are accountable for the running and management of 104 public sector prisons in England and Wales. Additionally, we also oversee the National Probation Service delivery.

At Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service we are responsible for serving the public by managing prison and probation services and supporting effective offender management. But across all 104 of our prisons in England and Wales, it’s not simply about keeping those who have been sentenced to prison in custody. It’s about looking after them with humanity and working with them so that when they are released they can make the most of their lives, and live within the law.

What we do

HM Prison and Probation Service works to support the justice system and protect the public by cutting crime and reducing re-offending. HMPPS works as part of the wider justice system to protect the public and reduce reoffending. Our responsibilities across England and Wales include:

  • the running of prison and probation services
  • the rehabilitation services for prisoners leaving prison
  • making sure support is available to stop people offending again
  • contract managing private sector prisons and services such as the Prisoner Escort Service and electronic tagging

We deliver on our aims by working with a wide range of agencies, organisations and providers – whether it’s independent organisations that run prisons or other government departments to provide health, education and training services to those in custody.

It’s a complex mix of obligations, duties and challenges, and as a Senior Leader within our operation you’ll be right at the heart of it.

"HMPPS’ response to the Lammy Review has been excellent. As Governing Governor I want the processes we use and deploy to be fair and transparent. If they are prisoners are far more likely to accept them and respond in a positive way. We’re also looking at ways we can take recommendations from the Lammy Review and apply them to other processes in the prison."

Paul Yates, Governing Governor at HMP Lincoln

Welcoming and celebrating diversity

Here at the prison service, we’re passionate about creating a diverse workforce that’s representative of the people we look after. And we’re happy to say, there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ prison employee. People of all working experiences, backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities and sexualities make up our team, and we’re a far stronger service for it.

“Prisoners come into custody from all parts of society, as do our staff. By recruiting staff from a variety of social backgrounds and ethnicities, we are showing offenders that you can turn your life around and become a positive member of society no matter what your background.”

Babafemi Dada, Governor at HMP Featherstone, and the first black Prison Governor in the UK