Holloway Prison: Housing campaigners credit Ministry of Justice of ‘misleading’ people over use of caller centre

PUBLISHED: 07:32 13 Apr 2018 | UPDATED: 07:46 13 Apr 2018

Housing campaigners wish a aged Holloway Prison tourist centre, right, to yield preserve for severe sleepers. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

Housing campaigners wish a aged Holloway Prison tourist centre, right, to yield preserve for severe sleepers. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

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Since a Parkhurst Road women’s jail close in summer 2016, campaigners have called for a tourist centre to be used as a homeless shelter.

At a assembly about a destiny of a jail site final month, Islington North MP and Labour Party personality Jeremy Corbyn pronounced a Ministry (MoJ) had told him a centre was being used for training jail officers.

A Freedom of Information ask by debate organisation Reclaim Holloway asked for sum about this. In a answer, a MoJ pronounced a centre had seen 417 trainees by a doors given Oct final year.

A successive request, however, suggested training usually takes place in a upstairs comment centre. This is apart to a dull tourist centre and has a opposite entrance.

The tourist centre, a MoJ confirmed, is used by confidence guards as a bottom to unit a jail and watch CCTV. They occupy it 24 hours a day. This is in line with jail policy.

But Maureen Mansfield, from Reclaim Holloway, told a Gazette: “We are not astounded by a answers though feel a MoJ has been deliberately dubious people.

“As a village debate we find it really bizarre a MoJ is spending income securing an dull building when people are sleeping in a streets. Lying dull is a travesty. There’s so most it could be used for.

“It also connects to a dull flats during Pentonville Prison. You have to consternation what’s going on.” As formerly reported in a Gazette, about 100 MoJ-owned flats during a behind of Pentonville are pronounced to have been dull for 25 years.

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s housing leader, combined of a Holloway row: “It is definitely unsuitable that a visitor’s centre is being so criminally underused. It could be assisting yield preserve right now for those people who find themselves sleeping rough.

“The MoJ is vouchsafing down internal people by perplexing to censor that a tourist centre is empty. They contingency now urgently plead with internal organisations how a centre can be used as a shelter.”

The Gazette was incompetent to strech a MoJ’s jail use press bureau yesterday.

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