NO MEGA-PRISON IN MARKET HARBOROUGH – OBJECT NOW

Object Now, Fill out the Consultation! The consultation will run until the 2nd Aug 2021. You do not need to live in the area to complete it, nor do you need to give your name or personal details. There is no limit to the the number of times you can enter objections too! You can also object by emailing PSDenquiries@justice.gov.uk.

You can find a link to the consultation here.

Ideas for Objections

There are so many reasons why people may not want a new prison in their local area. For people that do not live locally, they may feel concerned about the harm the prison system causes and not want any more to be built anywhere. Click here to read about the ethical arguments against building a new prison.

Traffic – The prison will generate substantial traffic during construction. An increase in cars – including the 700 new jobs the prison will allegedly create, as well as prisoner visitors, will have a substantial impact on the local area.

Environmental impacts – The huge prison complex will destroy and adversely effect wildlife habitat. It also risks increasing air, soil and water pollution.

Impact on local services – The NHS will provide prison healthcare services such as GP and hospital services. They will also provide substance misuse and mental health services, and also dental health and eye health services. The prison will increase pressure on these local services dramatically. Local services are already under severe pressure due to the covid-19 pandemic, with waiting lists projected to be long (the elective treatment waiting list increased to 5.12 million in April 2021 – a record high).

Housing – The creation of 700 permanent job will increase housing demand in the local area. Local communities will face further disruption through constructing local developments. For staff from beyond the local area, their journeys will contribute to local traffic and air pollution. The prison will also impact the local housing register. More than 11,000 people are waiting for a council house in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Homelessness increase – At the most newly built mega-prison in Wrexham, more than 100 prisoners left the prison homeless in 2020. In Leicestershire and Rutland, 2,688 people were estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2020, this is despite the increase in temporary provision during the pandemic.

Failings at HMP Gartree – HMP Gartree is the prison that the new mega-prison would be built next to. It’s most recent inspection report in September 2020 showed that: “The condition of the older residential accommodation was poor. Despite many bids to fund the refurbishment of the prison, and efforts to keep the units clean, much accommodation needed refurbishment or replacement”. Why should the MOJ build a new mega-prison when they fail to provide adequate living conditions at HMP Gartree? Three people died at HMP Gartree during 2020. The rates of self harm were a staggering 792.5 self-harm incidents per 1,000 prisoners.

Staff shortages and working conditions – HMP Gartree struggles with staff shortages. During a previous inspection HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke said “It was clear to us that staff shortages had played a substantial part in Gartree’s deterioration”. In 2018, more than 200 prison officers walked out on strike over conditions It is not appropriate to build a mega-prison that will require hundreds of staff when the existing prison is unable to meet staff needs. Working conditions for people are also violent, with assaults on staff and prisoners increasing.

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Ideas for Objections

There are so many reasons why people may not want a new prison in their local area. For people that do not live locally, they may feel concerned about the harm the prison system causes and not want any more to be built anywhere. Click here to read about the ethical arguments against building a new prison.