I have been notified that there are plans to expand the prison at Highpoint in Stadishall.
The plan is to deliver up to 741 new prison places across 3 new houseblocks, which will be supported by new ancillary buildings. The Planning application has not yet been submitted.
I have asked to meet with the Governor and his team to better understand the implications of the proposed expansion.
I believe those who do harm need to be locked up to keep society safe so support more prison spaces. Should this extra capacity be at HMP Highpoint? I will be interested in your thoughts?
The Prime Minister has made clear his focus on tackling crime. The government has approved an investment of £4 billion that will provide 18,000 additional places by the mid-20s.
This is a response to a rising prison population, which is forecast to grow significantly during the 2020s, with projected demand soon to outstrip supply. This rise is being driven by government policy decisions to reform the Criminal Justice System (e.g. the impact of 20,000 more police officers and recent changes to sentencing), on top of an ongoing increase in the number of long-sentenced offenders.