Why North Wales?
In September 2013, the Secretary for Justice announced that the Former Firestone Site on Wrexham Industrial Estate would be the location for a North Wales Prison. The site was selected by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after a site search within the priority areas of North Wales, North West of England and London.
The MoJ is building a prison in North Wales because there is currently no prison in the region. The North Wales Prison will give offenders the opportunity to be held closer to their homes which has been shown to be an important factor in reducing re-offending.
The prison will also be a huge boost to the North Wales economy. Construction alone is a £212 million investment. Once operational, it is expected to boost the regional economy by around £23 million a year and create up to 1,000 jobs.
Category of Prison
The prison will be a Category C closed prison holding adult male offenders. Category C prisoners are:
“those who cannot be trusted in open conditions but who do not have the resources and the will to make a determined escape attempt”.
It will be a training and resettlement prison where the focus will be on the education, training and resettlement of offenders.
When will the Prison Open?
The prison opened in February 2017. Prisoners will be introduced gradually with the priories being safety, decency and security.