Ministry of Justice confirms long-term safeguarding of Lincoln Prison
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed the long-term future of Lincoln Prison today.
The Government department announced the closure of seven jails across the country and partial closing of a further two.
HMP Lincoln, in Greetwell Road, is not on either list.
The news comes following a month-long campaign by the Lincolnshire Echo to save the 140-year-old site - which would have cost Lincolnshire more than 500 jobs.
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The prisons that are to close are Bullwood Hall in Essex, Canterbury, Gloucester, Kingston in Portsmouth, Shrewsbury, and Camp Hill on the Isle of Wight.
The UK's oldest working prison, Shepton Mallet, in Somerset, is also among the seven to be shut.
Prisons in Chelmsford and Hull are to be partially closed.
When asked whether a partial closing in Hull would see an expansion in Lincoln, the Ministry of Justice declined to comment.
The Government also announced a new super prison, housing more than 2,000 in-mates, would be built in either London, the north west, or north Wales.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "We have to bring down the cost of our prison system, much of which is old and expensive."
The MoJ also refused to comment on whether Lincoln Prison could yet be downgraded.