Chris Grayling discribed G4S run prison HMP Oakwood as an "excellent model for the future of the prison service". But a report from the Chief Inspector of Prisons this week tells a very different story...
HM Inspectorate of Prisons reports that cramped and dirty Lincoln Prison has rising prisoner numbers, falling staff levels, and one prisoner still inside nine yearsafter the end of his sentence. More than
half of vulnerable prisoners said that they had been victimised by other
prisoners and nearly half said that they had been victimised by staff. And the government wants to keep on cutting costs.
The big news story is that G4S, the shambolic security company that botched the London Olympics, has today lost a major prison contract (HMP Wolds, in Lincolnshire), and failed to win any new ones. A hard blow for G4S and its shareholders. The bigger issue is that the UK government continues to privatise prisons, and commercial confidentiality shields the process from public view and democratic accountability.