UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the government will allocate about 2.5 billion pounds ($3 billion) to build new “modern” prisons as well as expand and revamp existing ones as part of pledged efforts to crack down on crime.
“Up to £2.5 billion will be spent on creating modern, efficient prisons, the prime minister announced today … The programme – part of a wider crack-down on crime – will create 10,000 additional prison places”, the government said in a Sunday statement.