Government plans to build four prisons will create 2,000 construction jobs

Around 2,000 construction jobs will be created if Government plans to build four new prisons in England and Wales are given the green light.

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss has confirmed sites in Full Sutton in Yorkshire; Hindley in Wigan; Rochester in Kent and Port Talbot in South Wales have been earmarked for development as part of the Government’s commitment to build up to 10,000 modern prison places by 2020.

Truss said: "We cannot hope to reduce reoffending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish.

"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."

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