How much does size matter? – A comment on the English and Welsh prison estate

Sector: Justice and Legal Affairs | Public Policy
Published: July, 2013
Document type: LE publication (working papers and economic briefs) 
Tagged: modelling quantitative analysis UK Wales

In the light of the recent announcement by the MoJ of its plan to build a 2,000 prison at Wrexham, and the report from the think tank Policy Exchange[1] arguing that £10 billion could be saved over 25 years by restructuring the prison estate, we analyse what the data shows and what it suggests in terms of refining policy, concluding that different size prisons may be required to efficiently deliver the different functions within the prison estate. Our analysis suggests per annum savings of c£180 p.a. without needing to consider increasing the size of the largest prison in the estate.