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Six prisons will be closed and three partially shut, as part of a major upgrade to the prison estate, the Ministry of Justice has announced. The consequent loss of 2,600 places will be partly offset by the creation of a new super prison, capable of holding 2,000 prisoners.
Prisons to be fully closed are: HMP Shrewsbury, HMP Bullwood Hall, HMP Canterbury, HMP Gloucester, HMP Kingston, HMP Shepton Mallet. HMPs Chelmsford, Hull and Isle of Wight will be partially closed. The Ministry of Justice said a feasibility study will now begin for the creation of a super prison that will be located in North Wales, the North West or London. Four new mini-prisons will also be built at HMPs Parc, Peterborough, The Mount and Thameside, holding up to 1,260 prisoners and replacing older facilities, while a surplus young offenders’ institution at HMP Ashfield will be converted into a full adult prison.
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