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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George Osborne told MPs London would shoulder a large part of his 37% reduction in transport funding.
The prison was originally opened in 1852 as a mixed prison before becoming the first female-only local prison in England in 1902.
The victim was travelling between Seven Sisters and Highbury and Islington when she was assaulted.