Prisons in Parliament

HMP Kennet next to close announces Gove 

HMP Kennet to close. Image: Liverpool Echo


HMP Kennet, Merseyside, is the next “ageing and ineffective” prison to face to axe, Michael Gove announced last week.

“Its design and layout make it difficult to operate, it has the highest levels of crowding in the estate and is one of the most expensive category C prisons in the country” he said, adding, “closing facilities like that at HMP Kennet will enable us to invest the money in a modern prison estate, with facilities for training and rehabilitation that help prisoners turn their lives around.”

The closure is part of the Government’s plans to reform the prison estate. The prison is due to close by July 2017.


Extended sentences across England and Wales

How many days were added in each prison establishment as a result of adjudications in 2015? Asked Andrew Slaughter.

Although the number decreased from 2010 to 2011, over the last year the number of additional days given for disciplinary reasons rose sharply from 156,070 to 215,348.

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For young offenders, the majority of additional days in prison awarded were for violence

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The Justice Secretary has asked Charlie Taylor MP, to conduct a review of youth justice to be published by the end of this year.

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