Two prisons holding 3,430 inmates might be constructed on land round an RAF air base in Essex.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has printed proposals for the brand new jails at Wethersfield air base in Braintree.
The positioning will maintain class B and class C grownup male prisoners in two prisons that every have a complete capability of 1,715, in keeping with paperwork setting out the plans.
One can be a coaching jail, which means it’ll maintain “long-term and high-security prisoners”.
The opposite would maintain lower-risk prisoners to arrange them for launch, and will see some inmates launched on short-term licence throughout their sentence.
Within the session papers, newly appointed prisons minister Victoria Atkins stated: “We consider that, following detailed feasibility work, land subsequent to Wethersfield air base can be an excellent location for 2 new prisons as a part of the jail estates technique.
“Our plans, if profitable, would carry many advantages to the local people, equivalent to lots of of jobs throughout development, careers throughout the jail sector and an elevated spend in native companies.”
The federal government expects there can be an “improve in demand for jail locations because the exercise of our courts system continues to ramp as much as full working capability following the nationwide restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic”, she stated.
The MoJ stated a public session – which closes on 8 November – is “looking for the views of residents and companies” on the plans.