Lindholme Immigration Removal Centre
Phone: 01302 524700
Fax: 01302 524620
Lindholme Detention centre is a wing of HMP Lindholme, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, run by the prison service. It holds up to 112 men aged 21 and over.
A prison inspector’s report in April 2003 revealed that staff routinely imposed random strip-searches after visits. Detainees are also strip-searched on admission to the detention centre as a matter of routine, without any reason given.
Staff at this former prison treat detainees as offenders, rather than recognising that they have not been convicted of any crime. There is a prison atmosphere, with detainees being made to wear prison clothes. Their own money is withheld from them, and channeled into prison-like ‘incentive schemes’.
The report describes poor food, heating and healthcare, and intimidation and hostility. Detainees there do not feel safe.
The Doncaster Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees provides support for and visits detainees at Lindholme IRC.