Titan prison plans have been scrapped in favour of more smaller prisons, announced secretary of state for justice today, Jack Straw today
Five prisons holding 1,500 offenders each will be built instead of the three 2,500-place Titan prisons proposed by the Government in 2007
The Department for Justice is working to secure sites for the first two privately run 1,500-place prisons at Beam Park West, in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and Runwell, in the Borough of Chelmsford in Essex.
Work is ongoing to increase capacity by approximately 8,500 places over the next three years. The expansion is will include two new public prisons; Isis, adjacent to Belmarsh, and Coltishall, a former RAF base in Norfolk and two new private prisons; Belmarsh West and Maghull. HMP Littlehey, near Huntingdon, is also to be expanded by 480 places by early next year.