Out of a total 1,031 governors in the prison service, just 88 are women. At the five governor grades there are: 48 women at grade 5; 24 at grade 4; 10 at grade 3; 6 at grade 2, none at grade 1. The chief governor of a prison is selected from these grades, but not does not have to be grade 1.
Female officers have only been able to work in men's prisons since 1987, following a decision to employ male officers at Holloway where there was an acute shortage of female staff. There are three grades: principal, senior and officer.Reuse content