Lincoln Prison opened on its current site in Greetwell Road in 1872. At first it housed men and women, but at some point between 1905 and 1913 women ceased to be admitted, being sent instead to Nottingham. There are unfortunately few surviving records for the years 1872-1911. It is possible that some items are still stored in the Prison, although the Prison Governor has deposited all the records that can be found at present. There are also a few later gaps in the main series of Admission Registers and Governor’s Journals; it is hoped that the missing items may be discovered one day.
In October 2002 inmates set fire to parts of the jail and seized control of at least one section of the prison during a large riot at Lincoln. The disturbance started when a guard was attacked by an inmate. A number of prisoners then jumped on the officer, assaulted him and dragged him into a cell and took his keys. It took police eight hours to bring the riot under control.
Lincoln is a Category B prison holding adult male remand and convicted prisoners from the courts in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Humberside. Accommodation at the prison is spread across five residential wings, a segregation unit, and in-patients healthcare facility.
First broadcast : 6th March 2010