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Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the building of the planned extension of Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution will be (a) started and (b) completed; how many additional places and what facilities for young offenders the extension will provide; what facilities currently available will be removed; and what the total cost will be of the extension. (253352)

Solutions are being developed on behalf of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) to build a new prison adjacent to the site of the existing Glen Parva YOI; this is not an extension to the existing Glen Parva YOI for young adult males.

Planning permission is due to be submitted in the summer of 2009. If this is granted, work is anticipated to start in late 2009 and expected to be completed in early 2012.

The new prison will create approximately 360 new prison places and, as this is a new self-contained prison for young men aged 15-17, no existing facilities will be removed from the existing establishment. The development at Glen Parva will include facilities for young people to take part in a variety of training and education activities to help them gain the necessary skills they need on release to help reduce their risk of reoffending. The total cost of the project has not been determined and will be subject to competition over the next six to eight months.