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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Talks over future of prison

Talks over future of prison

The Ministry of Justice is in discussions over the future of Lancaster Castle prison.

The category C prison houses 238 offenders in a medieval castle, which makes it costly and difficult to run as a modern training prison.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said:

'We have entered discussions with the Duchy of Lancaster and the local council about the future of HMP Lancaster Castle because while it is performing well, it is outdated and expensive to run.

'If an agreement is reached to return the prison to the Duchy of Lancaster, which owns the site, directly employed NOMS staff will be redeployed and we will make arrangements to place prisoners in more suitable accommodation.

'We need prisons to be places where staff are able to effectively rehabilitate prisoners to stop them reoffending, and where capacity requirements are met more efficiently to improve value for money for the taxpayer.'

Soon Daiga will be able to get her wish...

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