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Spending Review: Nine new prisons announced

What does this mean for sport and the desistance from crime?

The BBC news reports that nine new prisons will open in England and Wales – five by 2020 – under plans to close Victorian jails and sell them for housing, the government has said.

The move will form part of Chancellor George Osborne’s spending review due on 25 November. It will make the country’s prison system “fit for purpose in the 21st Century”, the Treasury said.

In addition to the nine new jails, a new prison is currently being built in Wrexham and expansions are taking place at HMP Stocken, in Rutland, and HMP Rye Hill, in Warwickshire.

Whilst there are mixed reviews about the announcement, at the NASDC we understand that with new prisons, come new sport and leisure facilities and therefore the potential to enhance physical education provision, community partnerships and sport for the desistance from crime.

At the NASDC launch event, the new Wrexham Prison Governor Russ Trent told the audience about his belief in the power of sport and his experience of overseeing a range of prison sport initiatives that have successfully contributed to the reoffending of prisoners.

The alliance is looking forward to continuing that discussion with Russ along with its members and strategic partners such as the Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service to discuss the future of sport in prison.

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