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.
There's a real need for a prison in Lincoln. It's essential for driving down re-offending rates and making sure justice is delivered locally. If we lost the prison, there would also be significant impact on the county economy.
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