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22/03/2017

Truss announces three new prisons for England

Words: Laura Edgar
Liz Truss

Justice secretary Liz Truss has disclosed plans to develop new prisons to create 5,000 ‘modern prison places’, replacing antiquated and overcrowded establishments.

Sites in Full Sutton in Yorkshire, Hindley in Wigan and Rochester in Kent have been earmarked for redevelopment as part of the government’s commitment to create up to 10,000 modern prison places by 2020.

The government said these buildings would act as a boost to regional economies across the country, creating up to 2,000 jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Final decisions on the new prisons will be subject to planning approvals.

Truss said: “We cannot hope to reduce reoffending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish.

“This significant building programme will not only help create a modern prison estate where wholesale reform can truly take root, but will also provide a thriving, economic lifeline for the local community – creating hundreds of jobs for local people and maximising opportunities for businesses.”

A fourth prison will be built in South Wales under the plans. Read more here.

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