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Four Prisons in England To Close as Plans For "Super-Prison" Are Revealed

New prison set to open in 2017

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Four prisons in England are to close as the government announced the site for a new super-prison in north Wales.

The jails in Reading, Dorchester, Blundeston and Northallerton will be shut down by March next year, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said.

Feltham Young Offender Institution will also be replaced.

But campaigners said replacing old prisons with new, bigger, ones would make them harder to manage and would not reduce crime.