Ministry of Justice
10,000 extra prison places to keep the public safe
- Also published by:
- 10 Downing Street
Programme of up to £2.5 billion will fund modern and efficient prisons.
- 10,000 additional prison places
- First new prison at HMP Full Sutton
Up to £2.5 billion will be spent on creating modern, efficient prisons, the Prime Minister announced yesterday (11 August 2019).
The programme - part of a wider crack-down on crime - will create 10,000 additional prison places.
The first new prison will be built at HMP Full Sutton, alongside the already well-performing maximum-security jail in operation at the site. This, along with further building works, will be subject to government working through the best-value-for-money options.
The 10,000 places will be in addition to the new prisons that have already been announced, at Wellingborough and Glen Parva, which will provide 3,360 places by 2023. The new funding will also be used to bring previously decommissioned prison places back into use through extensive refurbishment and maintenance work.
This major investment builds upon the Prime Minister’s commitment to recruit 20,000 more frontline police officers over the next 3 years – to protect the public and cut crime.
Ensuring prisons have sufficient capacity to hold the additional offenders who will be caught, charged and sentenced is a crucial part of the government’s effort to create a more effective justice system.
Modern prisons also provide better opportunities to reform criminals. Reoffending costs society £18 billion a year and accounts for three-quarters of all crime that is cautioned or sentenced. Newer prisons are also more efficient to run and benefit the taxpayer in the longer term.
This prison modernisation will complement our previously announced reforms to probation. These will ensure the improved monitoring of those released from jail, while providing more effective services and treatment to steer offenders away from criminality.
Justice Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, said:
The Prime Minister is putting prisons at the heart of our bold plan to create a justice system which cuts crime and protects law-abiding people. More and better prison places means less re-offending and a lower burden on the taxpayer in the future.
Boris’s vision for policing shows this Government is serious about fighting crime. It is vital we have a world-leading prison estate to keep criminals off our streets and turn them into law-abiding citizens when they have paid their debt to society.
Modern jails are best-placed to achieve that and will provide us with crucial stability in our prison estate for many years to come so we can keep criminals behind bars, rehabilitate them, and better protect the public.
The long-term building programme will reduce overcrowding and create a modern, efficient estate that is sustainable into the future.
Ageing prisons are expensive to run and maintain, and are less effective at promoting rehabilitation and ultimately cutting crime.
Today the Prime Minister will host leaders from the police, probation and prison sectors at Downing Street to discuss how to cut crime and improve the criminal justice system.
Notes to editors
This announcement relates to England and Wales. The Scottish Government and Northern Ireland administration will receive consequential funding through the Barnett Formula, which will be applied in the usual way at the Spending Round. It will be for the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland administration to decide how to allocate this funding across their devolved responsibilities.
Latest News from
Ministry of Justice
10 Prisons Project sees drops in violence and drugs22/08/2019 13:15:00
Statistics show drug use halved and a 16% reduction in assaults.
Signs of improvement at Feltham as population is reduced by over a third22/08/2019 10:15:00
The Ministry of Justice announces plans to address the serious issues identified at HMYOI Feltham A, including extra staff training and limiting the population.
Introducing the MoJ Design System16/08/2019 16:05:00
“A design system unites product teams around a common visual language. It reduces design and technical debt, accelerates the design and development process, and builds bridges between teams working in concert to bring products to life.”—Maxime Rabot
£100 million crackdown on crime in prison13/08/2019 10:15:00
Airport-style security and cutting-edge technology to crack down on criminal activity in prisons.
Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders12/08/2019 16:05:00
The Ministry of Justice will conduct an urgent review ordered by the Prime Minister, to ensure the public are properly protected from the most dangerous criminals.
New Solicitor General sworn in30/07/2019 15:15:15
Michael Ellis QC MP appointed as Solicitor General for England and Wales.
Lord Chancellor Swearing-in Speech: Robert Buckland QC30/07/2019 13:15:00
Full text of the speech given by Robert Buckland QC at his Lord Chancellor swearing-in ceremony in July 2019.
Principles for digital teams26/07/2019 15:15:15
Blog posted by: Dave Rogers, 25 July 2019 – Categories: Agile, Development, Digital skills.
New partnership to boost offender rehabilitation24/07/2019 10:15:00
A joint agreement to improve offenders’ chances of securing work and successfully integrating into the community on release from prison was yesterday (23 July) launched by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).