Thamesmead’s Belmarsh prison investigated after addition of Young Offenders Institution

PUBLISHED: 10:11 09 September 2010

Belmarsh high security prison

Belmarsh high security prison

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Councillors are carrying out a report in to a high security prison following the addition of a neighbouring young offenders’ institute.

Belmarsh high security prison

Greenwich council’s Best Value Review team is investigating the impact on the area of the new facility next to the Belmarsh prison in Thamesmead.

This comes after the new Young Offenders Institute, called Isis, was formally opened in July this year to house young men aged between 18 and 25. It will provide 480 places but has a total operating capacity of 624.

Offenders aged over 21 will be retained if they are categorised as Category C prisoners.

The review will look into the impact of both prisons on all council services, the impact of Isis inmates from Greenwich being placed nearer to home, offenders being released as well as the impact of those visiting inmates, including families, friends and associates including members of rival gangs. A meeting to discuss the review is due to take place next Tuesday at 7pm at Woolwich town hall in Wellington Street, Woolwich.

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