Historical London prisons 'outdated'

HMP Brixton is one of the six in London recommended for closure
HMP Brixton is one of the six in London recommended for closure Credit: PA

Victorian-era prisons in the capital should be torn down and replaced with fewer larger prisons which can hold up to 3, 000 inmates, according to a former prison governor and deputy director at the Ministry of Justice.

In a report for think-tank Policy Exchange, Kevin Lockyer said the MoJ could meet its entire 2015/16 spending commitments by swapping old jails for 10 to 12 new plus-size prisons. He identified six London prisons among 30 across the country to close.

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Pull down our prisons

More than 30 "run-down and poorly-located" jails should be shut and replaced with super-prisons holding up to 3,000 inmates, a former prison governor and deputy director at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.