Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, has confirmed that Holloway Prison is to close. The prison houses women and young offenders and it was originally opened in 1852. It was also home to the last female prisoner to be executed in the UK when Ruth Ellis was hanged.
In a statement Gove said:
“I am extremely mindful that Holloway holds many vulnerable women. For that reason, no one will be moved immediately and we will not close the prison until services similar to those currently provided for women offenders are in place elsewhere. We expect the prison to close by summer next year.
The closure of Holloway underlines our determination to invest in a high-quality, modern prison estate with better facilities to help prisoners turn away from crime”.