How to look for records of... Prisons
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to finding records of prison administration and policy (for advice on finding records of individuals see our guide to Prisoners or prison staff).
Many prison records are in local record offices. For records after 1839 you can generally search by the name of the prison but before 1839 most prison records held at The National Archives are among the correspondence of various government departments.