This prison costs £94,000 a year per head

New report reveals the cheapest and most expensive prisons in England and Wales.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London. Credit: David Merrigan.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London. Credit: David Merrigan.

 

The most expensive institution is a Young Offender’s institute for 15 to 17 year olds, which costs up to £94,000 per year, a Ministry of Justice report reveled. A male dispersal prison, which is for the most difficult and dangerous prisoners in England and Wales known as ‘Category A’ prisoners, follows at £59,000 per year.

Dispersal prisons serve to spread the Category A population, ensuring that the most dangerous prisoners are not concentrated in a single establishment, thereby reducing the risks involved in holding them.

The least costly prison was the Male Open prison, which costs £24,000 per year, and the male category C prison, which costs £30,000 per year. Female prisons are more expensive than male prisons, with the ‘chepaest’ female prison, an open prison, costing £41,000 per year.

 

COST OF PRISON IN ENGLAND AND WALES BY TYPE

Cost of place in prisons, according to Ministry of Justice

Cost of place in prisons, according to Ministry of Justice

 

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