Staff fighting closure of women’s open prison near York
Staff working at HMP Askham Grange, a women’s open prison near York, have launched an online petition in an attempt to save it from closure, a news report in the media has revealed.
Despite being described as “remarkable” during a recent official inspection, the facility is set to be will shut after the Ministry of Justice said dedicated prisons for female offenders were no longer needed and the move will allow inmates to serve their sentences closer to home.
Lord McNally, minister for female offenders, said the reforms would mean women’s prisons becoming resettlement prisons, allowing women to maintain family relationships and be “reintegrated into society”.
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