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Prison expansion programme will turn Britain into a "prison island", says report
24.9.18
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Article originally published by Corporate Watch on 15 August 2018
This August, Corporate Watch is releasing its new report on prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland: Prison Island. It shines a light on one of the biggest prison building programs in generations.

Read the latest research on:

  • The Prison Estates Transformation Programme that aims to create 10,000 new prison places by 2020 through the construction of six mega prisons and five new ‘residential centres’ for women
  • Detailed information about each of the proposed prisons and their locations
  • Companies building the prisons
  • The people behind the projects
  • New prisons being built by the Scottish Prison Service, including a potential prison for people of non-binary gender
  • The British Government’s attempts to build prisons abroad in Nigeria and Jamaica

The UK prison population has risen by 82% in the last 30 years. We are increasingly becoming a ‘prison island’, where state violence and imprisonment are used to maintain a divided society built on exploitation. England and Wales have the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe, with Scotland the third most imprisoning country.

This once-in-a-generation prison building programme represents a significant expansion of the repressive apparatus of the British state, entrenching the power of corporations in the criminal justice system even further. This report aims to document and contextualise this escalation in mass incarceration and provide information to support those fighting against it.

Download a copy of the report (Prison island: prison expansion in England, Wales & Scotland, links to pdfs):

The publication will be available to order on the Corporate Watch shop next Monday 27th 2018.


A radio show discussing the report is available online: Prison Island: Prison Expansion in the UK (Novara Media, link):

"Back with a new series, hosts Oonagh Ryder and Sam Swann speak to Nicole, a researcher at Corporate Watch about the British government’s plans for prison expansion, how this will impact people inside and outside prisons and how communities across the country are resisting."

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