Wandsworth Prison to remain open despite nationwide reshuffle
Wandsworth Prison will not be one of four major jails to be closed as part of a radical shake-up of the prison service.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced this week that Blundeston in Suffolk, Dorchester, in West Dorset, Northallerton in North Yorkshire and Reading prisons will shut their doors for the last time in 2017.
Mr Grayling also announced that Britian's biggest jail will be built in Wrexham, North Wales, with work on the project is due to start next year and the jail opening in for year's time.
The £250m "super-prison", which will hold 2,000 inmates and was first mooted in June, will potentially save taxpayers £20m per year.
Mr Grayling said: "My priority is to provide enough prison places for those sent there by the courts - and to do so in a way that gives taxpayers the best possible value for money.
"Across the country I am reducing the cost of prisons by replacing old, inefficient buildings with newer accommodation that is cheaper to run.
Ministry of Justice officials estimate the new jail will eventually save taxpayers Wandsworth is Britain's biggest prison by size, capable of holding 1,600 inmates, but critics say it is outdated.
The new jail will be dwarfed by Fleury-Merogis Prison in Paris, which holds 3,800 prisoners.