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Welsh Secretary supports ‘super prison’ coming to North Wales

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David Jones has welcomed today’s announcement that North Wales is a potential location for a new prison for more than 2,000 prisoners.

Secretary of State for Wales David Jones has welcomed today’s announcement by the Ministry of Justice, that it intends to build a new ‘super prison’, and has named North Wales as a potential location.

This is part of a major programme to update Britain’s prison estate and will to hold more than 2,000 prisoners.

David Jones said:

I have long been supportive of a new prison in North Wales and have met regularly with the Prisons Minister and leaders from North Wales authorities to discuss this.  I will continue to press the case with the Justice Secretary.

A prison in North Wales would create economic opportunities and secure new jobs. I also know how important having a prison in North Wales would be to families and professional advisors of prisoners.

I am also pleased to see a new mini-prison, known as a house-block, is going to be built at HMP Parc in South Wales.

Notes for editors

For further details on today’s announcement are on the Ministry of Justice website.