The Ministry of Justice is to close 7 of the country's prisons, including some in our region. 2,600 places will be lost from "old and uneconomic" prisons, with the hope it will save £63m in running costs. The Ministry of Justice says it also plans to build a new super prison with 2,000 places.
HMP Bulwood Hall in South Essex is to close, with the loss of 241 places
Also in Essex, HMP Chelmsford will lose 132 places
Meanwhile, HMP Peterborough looks set to get extra prison blocks
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