Nine new prisons set to be built across the UK

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The UK government will build nine new prisons in England and Wales as part of Chancellor George Osbourne’s spending review, a recent news source has been able to reveal.

A total of five prisons are scheduled to be built by 2020, with cash for the £3bn building programme being generated through closing Victorian jails in city centre locations and selling the sites for new housing.

It is understood each new prison will cost between £270m and £320m, with approximately 10,000 new inmates being moved to the new facilities. Around £80m per year will be saved due to the reduced costs of the modern facilities.

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