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Address
Heol Hopcyn John
Bridgend
South Wales
CF35 6AP

Phone
+44 (0)1656 300200
Fax
+44 (0)1656 300316
 
 
 
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What to Expect on a Visit

Getting here
HMP & YOI Parc is located a short distance from the town of Bridgend, South Wales.

Bus: 10-minute bus ride from station to prison. Free Visitor Bus Service: A free bus service provided by the prison picks up one hour before social visit times outside Hope Baptist Church, Derwyn Road (100 meters from the train station).
For the return journey, the bus picks up from the Visitor's Centre 15 minutes after the conclusion of the visit time and returns to the church.

Train: By train to Bridgend, 10 minute car / bus journey from station.

Car: From London/the North, travel along the M4 to Junction 36. Leave the motorway remaining in the left hand lane of the slip road. Take left at the roundabout (first exit). Take the next left into Heol Hopcyn John, following signposts for 'Prison'. Travel along the road for approximately 500 yards. HMP & YOI Parc is on the right hand side of the road.

From West Wales, travel along the M4 to Junction 36. Leave the motorway remaining in the right hand lane of the slip road. Turn right at the roundabout (fourth exit). Take the first exit at the next roundabout. Take the next left into Heol Hopcyn John, following signposts for 'Prison'. Travel along the road for approximately 500 yards. HMP & YOI Parc is on the right hand side of the road.

There is a large free car park in front of prison. Disabled parking available.

Susan Ellis Visitor Centre Opening Times

Monday - Thursday
08:00 - 19:15

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
08.00 - 16.30

On Arrival
Please report to the Susan Ellis Visitor's Centre 30 minutes prior to your allocated visit time to book in. You will then need to have your photograph taken, which will be kept on file for identification purposes and is for internal use only. Adult visitors will be UV hand stamped.

Social visitors are allowed to take a maximum of £30 cash into the prison for the purpose of purchasing refreshments during your visit. Lockers are available within the Visitor's Centre for safe storage of personal items including hand bags, mobile phones, excess cash and other items.

The following items are prohibited for any visitors:
  • Drugs
  • Firearms / Ammunition / Explosives / Any other offensive weapon
  • Alcohol
  • Mobile phone
  • Cameras
  • Sound recording devices
  • Smart watches / Fitness trackers
  • Tobacco
  • Excess money
  • Excess clothing
  • Food / drink
  • Information Technology equipment / USB drives / Hard drives
  • Paper
  • Books
  • Tools
  • Letters
  • Pirate CDs / DVDs
Dress code
The following is a guide and not totally exclusive or inclusive:
Dress Code Allowed Dress Code Not Allowed Behaviour
Please be aware that any abusive behaviour will not be tolerated by members of staff either within the Visitor's Centre or the prison itself. Abusive behaviour could result in a cancelled visit and/or a visitor ban.

Searching
All visitors to HMP & YOI Parc are searched on entry to the prison. Consent to being searched is a precondition of entry into any G4S prison, and notices to this effect can be seen displayed in the entrance to the prison.

Searching will be carried out with due regard for the dignity of the individual and his/her possessions. Manual searching by staff will be supplemented by the use of metal detection equipment, drug detection dogs and equipment, and CCTV surveillance. Children under ten years of age will always be searched by female members of staff. Arrangements for the searching of infants will specifically require the parent or carer to observe the process.

HMP & YOI Parc operates a zero tolerance policy to drug trafficking through the visits department in order to maintain the safety of prisoners, visitors and staff. CCTV monitoring is in place in the visits department and any persons who are caught passing any unauthorised articles will receive a ban from the establishment and prosecution from the Police.

The Visits Hall
Once searching has been completed, all visitors will then move to the Visits Hall. Please be aware that CCTV is in operation in the Visits Hall. Explicit sexual, indecent or other antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated and contravention of these rules may result in early termination of the visit.

At the conclusion of the visiting session, prisoners will remain in the Visits Hall until all their visitors have been accounted for and have left the building. UV verification will ensure that only visitors leave the Visits building, and VRS verification will ensure that only visitors leave the Gate/Entry Building. Prisoners will be accounted for also, prior to the Visits Hall being vacated. Whilst being escorted out of the prison, visitors are reminded they are not permitted to approach any of the security-fenced areas.

The Visits Hall is designated a non-smoking area in the interests of public health. Signs to this effect will be prominently displayed. No tobacco products should be carried into visits by prisoners or visitors.

Additional Information
Property and clothing, if allowed by request from prisoner, may be handed in during the first 28 days of stay in the establishment.



 
 
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