Seven jails in the South West are included in proposals to become 'resettlement prisons'.
The plans, which are being revealed by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling on Thursday, will see the majority of offenders released from prisons in, or close to, the area in which they live.
- Leyhill in Gloucestershire
- Channings Wood in Newton Abbot
- Guys Marsh in Dorset
The Justice Secretary has unveiled plans for a shake-up of the prison estate.
70 'resettlement' prisons in England in Wales, including the South West of England, will see the majority of offenders released from prisons in, or close to, the area in which they will live.
A trial will start in the North West of England in the Autumn.
Five prisons in the South West should close and a three thousand capacity 'super-prison' be built near Bristol, according to a Government think-tank.
A report from Policy Exchange says prisons such as Dartmoor in Devon and Portland in Dorset should close to make way for newer facilities in a so-called 'hub' prison. It argues this would save six hundred million pounds a year in running costs,and also reduce reoffending.
But the plan is strongly opposed by the Prisons Reform Trust.