With news that a new category C prison is to be built in Port Talbot, the future of Swansea prison has been called into question.
Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss revealed in a written statement that “old and inefficient prisons will be closed and replaced by the new accommodation”.
Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, who has visited the prison many times to meet with constituents, is particularly concerned about this:
“HMP Swansea currently holds twice as many prisoners it was built to accommodate. Keeping a facility in Wales is essential, but I also appreciate that the building is ageing and needs constant maintenance.
“We already have no facility for female prisoners who have to go to Gloucester and we know how important family contact is for rehabilitation.
“My concern is job security and the best facility for prisoners to make changes to their lives. If the HMP Swansea site is to be sold, I would like assurances that this will be to the benefit of the taxpayer and not private property investors. So I will cautiously watch this process to ensure my concerns are addressed.”