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Lincoln MP Karl McCartney says he has had talks with the Ministry of Justice about its ongoing review of the city's prison which could result in the site being closed or turned into an immigration removal centre. He is urging those conducting the review to retain the prison in its current state.
The Prison Officers' Association says it hopes its members will be able to join forces with the other people campaigning to keep Lincoln Prison open following news that its future is under review. Spokesperson Joe Simpson says at the moment they are just dealing with rumours about its future.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney says he has had several discussions this week about the future of the city's prison following reports that it is under review but says he understands no decisions have yet been made.
The leader of Lincolnshire County Council says Lincoln needs to retain a remand prison. Councillor Martin Hill says anything less than that will affect the area's ability to deliver justice and will also harm the local economy. His comments come as it is confirmed the city's jail is under review.
The Prison Service has confirmed that it is reviewing the future of Lincoln Prison but insists no decisions have yet been made about its future and that there are currently no plans to close the site.
Lincolnshire County Council says it understands plans are being discussed that could see Lincoln Prison closed. The Ministry of Justice is carrying out a review of jails and is considering the future of the site on Greetwell Road which, if it remains open, could be downgraded to a category C site.
A final decision on the future of the prison is expected to be announced over the next ten days. While that review carries on, the leader of Lincolnshire County Council has written to the Justice Minister Chris Grayling to voice his opposition to the change.