Paper launches campaign to save ‘our jail’

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November 6, 2012 by newsgetting

Local newspapers regularly launch campaigns to prevent amenities from being closed: save our hospital, save our post office, save our park, save our bus services. The Lincolnshire Echo may have come up with something of a first by launching a campaign, plus an online petition, aimed at saving “our jail.” The weekly paper is appealing to the government not to close Lincoln prison after 140 years, arguing that it would mean the loss of around 500 jobs. It followed the paper’s revelation that the Ministry of Justice was carrying out a review of the prison’s future. One possibility is that the building would hold people awaiting deportation. At present, it houses 750 prisoners. The Echo’s editor, Steven Fletcher, told HoldTheFrontPage: “We’re going to fight this hard. The Echo has to lead the way in standing up for the best interest of the city. “We don’t want it closing, and even downgrading the prison would cost hundreds of jobs. We want it to remain as a Category B prison. “What we want to do with this campaign is make government listen, before they make an irreversible decision that would be devastating for the local economy.” You can sign the paper’s online petition here, though it has attracted only 144 signatories so far. It calls for “a proper public consultation before any decision is taken on the future of the Lincoln prison.”

By The Guardian

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