There are currently four prisons in Wales, although no facilities for either female or high risk offenders and limited facilities for young offenders. In addition, Welsh prisoners are affected by other issues, such as Welsh language provision and the provision of services by both non-devolved and devolved government bodies.
In 2013 the Ministry of Justice announced plans to build a large prison at the former Firestone factory site in Wrexham. The new prison is the first in North Wales and, with a capacity of around 2,000, will be the largest in the UK. The Government has not confirmed which type of prisoners will be held in the new prison in respect of age, gender or security level.
In March 2014 the Silk Commission recommended the devolution of the youth justice system (for offenders between 10 and 17 years old) and a study to investigate the possible devolution of justice and prisons.