Prisons: Overcrowding

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, what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

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

We are committed to ensuring that prisons are safe, decent and support rehabilitation.

We are modernising the prison estate, closing older prisons that are not fit for purpose and creating in their place high-quality, rehabilitative establishments. We have started to redevelop the prisons at Glen Parva (Leicestershire) and Wellingborough (Northamptonshire). We are building a new houseblock at Stocken prison (Rutland).

The Verne, a former HM Prison and Probation Service operated immigration removal centre in Dorset, will be reopening as a prison later this year and is expected to hold 580 offenders.

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