Lincoln Prison will remain as it is for the foreseeable future, and will not be closed and turned into an immigration centre.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed the news after senior Lincolnshire officials travelled to London to lobby the ministers about the plans.
Following the announcement, Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said:
“We’re delighted the government has decided to keep the prison as it is. The county council along with Karl McCartney MP put forward a strong case, underlining the importance of the prison to the area.
“This result is exactly what we’ve been calling for, and we thank the minister for making the right decision.”
Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, Councillor Ric Metcalfe, said: “If this information confirms that HMP Lincoln is to remain as a category B prison then it is good news for both the criminal justice system and for the city as a whole.
“Keeping the facility in Lincoln is a positive move for families who visit the prison, along with the wider economy of the city and beyond.”
Confirmation from Prisons’ Minister JW: campaign led by Conservative County Cllr Martin Hill & myself re Lincoln Prison successful. Gt news!
— Karl McCartney (@karlmccartney) November 29, 2012