Matthew Scott, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the increased investment in prisons, announced by the Ministry of Justice.
HMP Elmley, a male category B/C prison on the isle of Sheppey will receive a new four storey houseblock, to accommodate 247 inmates and a new workshop. HMP Standford Hill, a category D men’s jail will also be expanded with new houseblocks suitable for 120 prisoners, as well as a library.
The improvements are part of the government’s £4 billion pound investment programme, which aims to create 20 thousand prison places by the mid-2020s.
Matthew Scott says, “This is welcome news. We have more police officers in Kent than ever before, therefore we are catching more offenders and putting them behind bars. The renovation of these two jails will help provide the extra capacity needed to protect the public, as well as offering suitable training and rehabilitation for prisoners.”