G4S loses contract. Handing prisons to any commercial contractor is a grave mistake
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.
Is the new Justice Secretary tough enough to act on the evidence that prison doesn’t work?
Chris Grayling may find the solutions to his problems lie in penal reform.
Tagging ex-offenders is not all it’s cracked up to be
Electronic monitoring is no substitute for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health support and literacy coaching.
Investing in failure: the government’s plan for youth custody in England and Wales
Child prisons don’t work. Secure children’s homes do. Guess which ones the government is cutting?