– Prison Service Spokesperson
We are considering the future use of all the prison sites due to close. No decisions have been made. We are determined to drive down the costs of running our prisons. That's why we are replacing inefficient accommodation with new facilities which provide better value for money, are suitable to a modern prison estate, and which can work more effectively to reduce reoffending.
Prison officers have been demonstrating outside parliament today over the closure of seven jails around the country - including two here in the West Country.
Shepton Mallet closes next month and Gloucester this weekend as part of a plan to replace older units with a new super-prison elsewhere in the country. Our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine reports.
Prison officers have been staging a demonstration outside Parliament today over the closure of 7 jails around the country, including two here in the West.
Shepton Mallet closes next month and Gloucester this weekend - part of a plan to replace older units with a new super-prison elsewhere in the country. Bob Constantine has more on the ITV West Country News at 6pm.