Britain to spend 120 mln USD on prison security step-up

The British government said on Tuesday that prisons in England and Wales will receive 100 million pounds (about 120.63 U.S. dollars) to improve security and cut crime.

New security equipment, such as X-ray scanners and metal detectors, are expected to be introduced in more prisons.

The move came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a program to create 10,000 additional prison places to help deal with a rise in violent crime in England and Wales.

Johnson said stopping weapons, drugs and phones from getting into jails would prevent them from becoming “factories for making bad people worse.”