4,000 more prison places
Today the government announced the creation of more than 4,000 new prison places, which will help to keep criminals off our streets and protect the public while they undergo rehabilitation as we build back safer.
Having enough prison places is essential to keep criminals off our streets and allow enough time for rehabilitation to turn them into law-abiding citizens that are no longer a threat to the public.
That is why the government has today announced the creation of more than 4,000 new prison places across 16 different prisons through the building of new wings and refurbishing jails, as part of our unprecedented prison-building programme which will create 20,000 new places by the mid-2020s.
The government is improving the existing prison estate, putting more offenders behind bars, training them for release and protecting the public as we build back safer.