Response from Prisons Minister:

This decision was not taken lightly and is in no way a reflection of the hard work and commitment of staff, nor of the prison’s performance.

However, we cannot shy away from the fact that funds are limited and we need to make sure we are meeting the needs of the prison population, as well as wider Government needs, in the most efficient way so as to maximise value for the taxpayer.

We will do all we can to offer support and ensure the prison continues to operate safely and securely in the run-up to the change in role.”

– Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright.

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Immigration centre planned

HMP The Verne on Portland will close and be converted into an immigration removal centre.