A consortium including social care charity Turning Point and youth charity Catch22 has been selected as preferred bidder by the Ministry of Justice to build and run two new prisons in a deal worth about £600m.
The charities will run resettlement services in new prisons at Belmarsh in London and Maghull in Liverpool, to be operated by support services company Serco. Construction is due to begin next year and the jails will open in 2011.
The exact nature of the services the charities will provide has yet to be finalised, but Turning Point is likely to work on substance misuse, learning disabilities and mental health, while Catch22 will be responsible for resettlement, education and mentoring.
Joyce Moseley, chief executive of Catch22, said: "We are delighted to be part of this innovative consortium, which will involve third sector organisations at the earliest stage of prison services planning for the very first time."