Prisons: Private Sector

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to increase the number of private prisons.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We will modernise the prison estate, closing older prisons that are not fit for purpose and creating in their place high-quality, modern establishments.

This will help deliver prisons that are more safe and secure, so our staff can work more closely with offenders to change their lives and turn their back on crime for good.

Decisions have yet to be made about the future operation of any new prisons or existing privately managed prisons where contracts are due to expire in the next five years.

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