Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced plans for the construction of four new prisons in England and Wales.
The new facilities will be located in Full Sutton in Yorkshire, Hindley in Wigan, Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in South Wales.
The latest move will create 5,000 modern prison places and replace old and overcrowded establishments with new, fit for purpose buildings.
The government is committed to build up to 10,000 modern prison places by 2020 as part of a £1.3bn programme to transform the prison estate.
Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “We cannot hope to reduce reoffending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish.
“Outdated prisons, with dark corridors and cramped conditions, will not help offenders turn their back on crime — nor do they provide our professional and dedicated prison officers with the right tools or environment to do their job effectively.
“This significant building programme will not only help create a modern prison estate where wholescale reform can truly take root, but will also provide a thriving, economic lifeline for the local community — creating hundreds of jobs for local people and maximising opportunities for businesses.”
Final decisions on the new prisons will be subject to planning approvals, as well as money and affordability considerations.
The project will create up to 2,000 jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries, as well as new opportunities for local businesses.
HMP Berwyn [pictured] has recently opened in north Wales and will hold over 2,000 prisoners.
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