A NORTH Wales delegation has met the Prisons Minister in a bid to keep the region on the map for a new prison.
Council leaders Cllr Hugh Evans from Denbighshire, Cllr Dyfed Edwards, Gwynedd and Cllr Neil Rogers, Wrexham, met Jeremy Wright MP along with representatives from North Wales Police and the Wales Probation Trust.
Cllr Evans said: “We had a good meeting with Jeremy Wright and he listened to our call for a prison in North Wales.
“We told him we were open for business and that we would welcome the jobs and regeneration opportunities a prison would bring North Wales. A prison in North Wales will reduce the costs of public services and families supporting offenders and improve the rate of rehabilitation of offenders.
“The Minister told us that the Ministry of Justice is negotiating with the Treasury for monies to replace prisons in order to bring the cost of the prison estate down.”
The meeting was arranged by David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales and Stephen Crabb MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales took the delegation to meet the Prisons Minister.
Cllr Edwards added: “North Wales is the only region in the UK without a prison. Many prisoners from North Wales are imprisoned too far from their families and in an environment where their Welsh culture is not available to them. This increases the risks of re-offending on release and self-harm in custody.”