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HMYOI Ayelsbury

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His Majesty’s Young Offender Institution (HMYOI) Aylesbury is a long-term male prison for inmates between 18 and 21 years of age. Located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, the institution has a rich history dating back to 1810. Today, HMYOI Aylesbury is managed by His Majesty’s Prison Service and aims to provide inmates with opportunities for growth, education, and skill development.


HMYOI Aylesbury consists of seven residential wings, each containing single cells, as well as one segregation unit. The institution offers a range of full and part-time education programs, from basic and key skills courses up to Art, French, and Sociology at A Level and Physical Education. Vocational courses and work programs include Construction, Painting and Decorating, Bricklaying, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Industrial and General Cleaning, Laundry, Catering, Gardening, and Waste management. Inmates also have the opportunity to pursue award-based courses, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Past Challenges

Over the years, HMYOI Aylesbury has faced several challenges. In the past, it has been criticized for its health regime, high rates of self-harm, and instances of staff misconduct. However, the institution has taken measures to improve, including the introduction of the ACCT (Assessment, Care in Custody, and Teamwork) system, which has significantly reduced the rate of self-harm.

Recent Incidents

In July 2017, a violent incident occurred at HMYOI Aylesbury, resulting in injuries to both inmates and prison officers. In April 2018, a riot took place, which led to the hospitalization of four prison officers. These incidents highlighted the need for continued improvements in the management of the institution and the care provided to inmates.

While the institution offers a range of educational and vocational programs to help young offenders develop skills and prepare for life after prison, it has also experienced incidents of violence and unrest. As the institution continues to evolve, it is essential for the staff and management to focus on creating a safe, supportive environment that promotes growth, rehabilitation, and a positive future for the young offenders in their care.

Confidential Ex-inmate Reviews

I served a two-year sentence at Aylesbury, and while it wasn’t an easy experience, I did find some positives during my time there. I was able to attend several educational courses, such as Construction and Bricklaying, which I believe will help me in my future career. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program was also a valuable experience, teaching me valuable life skills and boosting my confidence.