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Morton Hall Borstal, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

In 1958, the former Morton Hall military hospital, near Swinderby, Lincolnshire, was converted for use as an open borstal for boys. It closed in 1975.

Between 1979 and 1981, the Save the Children Fund used the premises as a reception and orientation for Vietnamese 'boat people'.

In 1985, the site was converted into an open prison for low-risk offenders. The buildings were expanded in 1996, and refitted to become a semi-open women's prison in 2001.

In 2004, Morton Hall became one of the first prisons to trial the Intermittent Custody Scheme, being confined there either from Monday to Friday or at the weekend. The scheme was intended to allow prisoners on short sentences to remain in employment, independent housing and maintain family ties during their jail terms. The scheme was terminated in 2006 and Morton Hall was subsequently redesignated as a closed women's prison. In 2011, the site was re-opened as an Immigration Removal Centre, holding adult males awaiting deportation.


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