Beam Park prison will be too dangerous to manage

Last week, Beam Park West was selected by the government as a potential site for a prison that will house 1,500 prisoners. It is widely accepted by criminal justice experts that such large prisons are extremely difficult to manage and can be breeding gr

Last week, Beam Park West was selected by the government as a potential site for a prison that will house 1,500 prisoners.

It is widely accepted by criminal justice experts that such large prisons are extremely difficult to manage and can be breeding grounds for riots and other disturbances.

In general, prisons are violent and dangerous and bring lots of problems to the local area.

Beam Park West is not suitable for a prison and it puts your neighbourhood at risk.

The government pretends that a large prison will bring good jobs to the area.

This is not true.

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Prison jobs are few, low skilled and poorly paid.

Beam Park West could be developed into an area for local businesses, a sports facility or affordable housing, which would provide decent jobs for local people.

Local people should decide what is best for their local community.

Frances Crook

director of the Howard League for Penal Reform

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