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North Yorkshire prison to close

The Government has announced that HM Prison Northallerton is one of four prisons due to close, as it confirms plans to build two new "super" jails in England and Wales

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Statements from POA

Once again the Ministry of Justice has paid lip service to the well-being and stability of the professional men and women working in an overcrowded and violent environment. The POA has worked with this Government in its attempt to save money and stopping wholesale privatisation, but prison closures will do nothing for the morale of prison officers. The Government claim to have around 4,000 space headroom, this is only spin and not accurate.

– POA General Secretary Steve Gillan

The announcement today is short sighted and will have a significant impact on the public sector prison service. Prison officers and their families will once again face the uncertainly of where they will be working in the future. The Government prison closure policy is cuts driven and does nothing for the rehabilitation revolution. These prisons have played a pivotal role in the criminal justice system and this announcement is an absolute disgrace.

– POA chairman Peter McParlin

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