The Guardian (UK)
Jan 13th 2011
By Alan Travis
Justice secretary unveils shake-up of penal system as part of plans to reduce number of people serving custodial sentences.
The capacity of Britain's immigration deportation centres is to be expanded to nearly 3,500 as a result of today's announcement by the justice secretary, Ken Clarke, that three "outdated and expensive" prisons would be closed.
One of the three prisons – Morton Hall, near Sowerby in Lincolnshire, which holds up to 392 female offenders – is to become Britain's ninth immigration detention centre.
The perimeter fence at the women's open prison is to be extended to include an extra resettlement unit within a new immigration deportation centre which will be staffed by retrained prison officers.
It will be run by the prison service but paid for by the Home Office.
The immigration minister, Damian Green, said Morton Hall was needed to boost the UK Border Agency's ability to remove failed asylum seekers from Britain quickly and efficiently.
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