Prisons to close

Six prisons in England, which together can hold up to 2,600 prisoners, are to close, the Ministry of Justice said today.

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Prison places affected

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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