‘Outdated’ prisons to close as immigration centres expanded

Guardian, Alan Tarvis, 13 January 2011

The capacity of Britain’s immigration deportation centres is to be expanded to nearly 3,500 as a result of today’s announcement by the justice secretary, Ken Clarke, that three “outdated and expensive” prisons would be closed.

One of the three prisons – Morton Hall, near Sowerby in Lincolnshire, which holds up to 392 female offenders – is to become Britain’s ninth immigration detention centre.

The perimeter fence at the women’s open prison is to be extended to include an extra resettlement unit within a new immigration deportation centre which will be staffed by retrained prison officers.

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