Category Archives: Private Prisons

Oakwood Prison – “Bring it into the public sector”

HMP Oakwood urgently needed to improve and there were real risks if matters were allowed to drift, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison near Wolverhampton – causing one expert commentator to call for it to be brought under public sector prison management. Oakwood… Continue Reading

Serco Pulled Into Tag Fraud Probe

The Government has handed over material to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to security giant Serco over an overcharging scandal. It emerged previously that Serco and G4S overcharged the Government by tens of millions of pounds for electronically tagging criminals – including for monitoring dead offenders.G4S refused to co-operate with an audit and… Continue Reading

Serco In New Prison Scandals – Its Claimed They Fiddle Escort Logs (which they deny) And Charge Some Prisoners £200 To Be Escorted Inside The Prison (which they admit!)

News that staff at private security giant Serco are to face a police investigation after the Government uncovered potentially fraudulent behaviour in the management of its £285 million prison escorting contract has seen the company shares plummet as half a billion pounds is wiped off its value. Converse can exclusively reveal that a further investigation… Continue Reading

Legal Action Over Child Jail Complaints System

A charity has threatened legal action unless the Government brings in “an effective and independent” complaints procedure for children detained in privately run secure training centres (STCs). The Howard League for Penal Reform challenged Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, in an open “letter before action”, to confirm that he will implement plans to change the system… Continue Reading

PRIVATE PRISONS ARE BETTER THAN PUBLIC PRISONS – OFFICIAL!

Private companies are better at running prisons than the public sector  Government should abandon its “new approach” and open up all prisons to regular competition  The Government is wrong to u-turn on the use of competition in prison management, according to new analysis by the independent think tank Reform.  The research group shows that private… Continue Reading

G4S PRISON STAFF ATTACKED

A difficult, violent and unpredictable prisoner smashed a television set in his cell and attacked four prison officers with shards of the broken glass, a union has said. The inmate burst through his cell door on the healthcare wing of the G4S-run BirminghamPrison yesterday, attacking three staff who were serving his lunch and those that came to their aid,… Continue Reading

G4S STRIPPED OF PRISON CONTRACT

  The firm at the centre of the Olympics security shambles has been stripped of its responsibilities for running Britain’s first private jail. G4S, which failed to provide enough guards for the London 2012 games, will stop running the Wolds prison in East Yorkshire, which will return to the public sector from next year, the Ministry of… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE – PRISON OFFICERS ASSOCIATION ‘TURN THE CORNER’ ON PRISON PRIVATISATION

Click here to visit Converse, the national newspaper for Prisoners in England and Wales EXCLUSIVE. The Prison Officers Association (POA), which for almost twenty years has been vehemently opposed to prison privatization, has won its first ever exclusive contract to represent all the staff in a private prison – something which even five years ago… Continue Reading

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