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Prime Minister announces 10,000 new prison places

£2.5 billion to be spent on creating modern, efficient prisons


19 August 2019
Prime Minister announces 10,000 new prison places

The Prime Minister has announced that up to £2.5 billion will be spent on creating modern, efficient prisons. The programme, part of a wider crack-down on crime, will create 10,000 additional prison places. 

The first new prison will be built at HMP Full Sutton, alongside the maximum-security jail already in operation at the site. This, along with further building works, will be subject to government working through the best-value-for-money options. 

The 10,000 places will be in addition to the new prisons that have already been announced at Wellington and Glen Parva, which will provide 3,360 places by 2023. The new funding will also be used to bring previously decommissioned prison places back into use through extensive refurbishment and maintenance work. 

The major investment into prisons is in addition to the Prime Minister’s commitment to recruit 20,000 more frontline police officers over the next three years. The government has stated that ensuring prisons have sufficient capacity to hold the additional offenders who will be caught, charged and sentenced is a crucial part of their effort to create a more effective justice system. 

The stated aim of the plans is to provide better opportunities to reform criminals in custody by reducing overcrowding and creating a modern, efficient estate that is sustainable into the future. The modernisation aims to complement previously announced reforms to probation, and will ensure the improved monitoring of those released from jail, while providing more effective services and treatment to steer offenders away from criminal behaviour. 

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