The Ministry of Justice has confirmed four 'mini-prisons' – being built to create 1,200 new places at HMPs Parc, Peterborough, the Mount and Thameside - will be accepting prisoners from September 2014.
The confirmation comes as it was announced by the Ministry of Justice a further four prisons are to due close, as it confirmed plans to build two new "super" jails in England and Wales.
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