The Justice Secretary has announced that Reading Jail is to close by March next year.
Jails in Dorchester, Blundeston and Northallerton are all set to close too with plans for a new super-prison to be built in Wales.
Reading Jail is best known for its most famous inmate, Oscar Widle, who was sent there in 1895 after being convicted of “homosexual offences” and sentenced to two years hard labour.
Reading’s general public have stressed that they wish for the site to be utilised and Reading East MP Rob Wilson said: “The important thing now is that we have a proper consultation of local people so they can have their say on what is the best use for the future of this landmark site.”
He added: “I would encourage anyone who has ideas to contact me so that we ensure that the Ministry of Justice does the right thing with the land.”» >Read More »