Belmarsh Prison Expansion

Belmarsh prison is to experience a large expansion, almost doubling its capacity for inmates. The decision has been taken with little public consultation in the surrounding areas. Currently, more than 40% of former
inmates move into the local communities of Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead.
76% of these go on to re-offend. The expansion will almost certainly lead to a rise in crime. Conservative Parliamentary spokesman Colin Bloom says, “Belmarsh will soon be one of the biggest prisons in Europe,
with more than two thousand ‘Category A’ offenders, the Labour Government forced this decision onto local people with little or no consultation. Yet again, Labour has taken local people for granted and has let them down.”