Blundeston Prison Closure

Blundeston Prison, near Lowestoft, could be set to close as part of government plans to slash the prison budget.

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Fresh criticism of jail closure decision

There has been fresh criticism today of the government's decision to close a Suffolk jail.

Blundeston Prison, near Lowestoft, is due to close in the next few weeks following an announcement by the justice secretary earlier this month.

But today the prison's own monitoring board described the decision as ill-judged and wrong.

The local MP has also expressed concern that he was not even consulted ahead of the decision.

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Board criticises plan to close Suffolk prison

An independent monitoring board has criticised the justice secretary's decision to close Blundeston Prison.

The board, which publishes an annual report on the Lowestoft jail, has called the plans "ill-conceived, premature and rushed".

In an open letter, seen by ITV News Anglia, it said HMP Blundeston had consistently been praised for the excellent relationships between staff and prisoners.

The prison is due to close by the end of the year as part of a government plan to bring in new "super prisons".

But the IMB questioned whether those relationships would be as strong:

"Prisoners who appreciate the support they get at the prison are unhappy at the closure which de-stabilises their rehabilitation, moves them to another prison and means, in some ways, they will have to start all over again."

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