- Ministry of Justice, UK Government
The UK Government is planning to build a "super" prison for 2,200 inmates opposite Pentre Maelor, Wrexham. It'll be the second largest prison in Europe and is likely to be privately run for profit.
The prison will only house male prisoners, meaning there will be no provision in North Wales for youth offenders and females.
The economic benefits of such a large project have been much hyped. However, the Ministry of Justice has announced that just 20% of the work will go to "local" firms and local in this context means within 50 miles or one hour's commute. That means firms from Manchester, Liverpool and Stoke will be counted as local.
Full-time posts for the prison will be advertised throughout the UK and existing prison officers from jails such as Shrewsbury will be relocated.
The knock-on health, housing and policing costs will have to be met by local authorities paid for by the Welsh taxpayer.
We, the undersigned, support the building of a medium-sized prison to accommodate the needs of North Wales (including youth and female offenders) rather than creating a super prison on a model that is seen by experts to have failed in the US and UK.
We, the undersigned, oppose the Wrexham super prison on the grounds that it will put additional pressures on health, policing, social services and housing locally. It will not provided the economic benefits claimed.
We support the building of a medium-sized prison to accommodate the needs of North Wales (including youth and female offenders) rather than creating a 2,200-inmate super prison on a model that is seen by experts to have failed in the US and UK.
The No to Wrexham super prison petition to Ministry of Justice, UK Government was written by Marc Jones and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.