The Government plans to build nine new prisons by 2020 but has not revealed where they are to be built. Nine Victorian prisons in city centres will be closed and the sites sold for valuable housing redevelopment.

It's not clear who will foot the £1 - 2 billion bill for five large prisons to replace them. As more and more non-domestic property is turned into new housing, the Government must come up with new ways of funding these schemes. Developers could be asked to enter into forward funding agreements whereby a private developer agrees to build the new jail in return for inheriting the valuable property at a later date.