In a move which will infuriate Conservative traditionalists, the Ministry of Justice will announce that Ashwell prison in Rutland, Lancaster Castle, Lancashire, and Morton Hall women’s jail in Lincolnshire will close with the loss of more than 800 places by July.Just what we can't afford to lose - prison spaces from a desperately overcrowded system! What sort of idiot would...
Ah:If prison 'doesn't work', I guess we'd better look for something else when (if) we finally catch the killer or killers of Joanna Yeates, then?
The move is a clear sign that Justice Minister Kenneth Clarke has abandoned the 'prison works' philosophy of former Tory Home Secretary Michael Howard.What strange hold does this walking calamity have over iDave? How comes he isn't relagated to the back benches?
It signals Mr Clarke’s determination to go ahead with controversial plans to reduce the prison population by thousands and will lead to accusations that the Tories have become increasingly soft on law and order.
The closure announcement follows Mr Clarke's decision to scrap plans for six new prisons, including five superjails each holding 1,500 inmates.