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Private contractors under scrutiny as UK government takes control of prison Private contractors under scrutiny as UK government takes control of prison
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The Ministry of Justice seized control of privately-run Birmingham prison after report of drugs, violence and alcohol crisis there The Ministry of Justice seized control of privately-run Birmingham prison after report of drugs, violence and alcohol crisis there
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<strong><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-45240742">For the first time ever</a>, the British government has taken over a privately-run UK prison midway through a contract since the first one opened in 1992 (BBC). The event is raising questions and doubt about the use of private services to run public services.</strong> <strong><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-45240742">For the first time ever</a>, the British government has taken over a privately-run UK prison midway through a contract since the first one opened in 1992 (BBC). The event is raising questions and doubt about the use of private services to run public services.</strong>
The government department in charge of prisons has taken over the running of Birmingham Prison in the West Midlands, England after a report reveals "shocking" levels of drug, violence and alcohol there, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/20/moj-seizes-control-of-birmingham-prison-from-g4s">a report published by </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/20/moj-seizes-control-of-birmingham-prison-from-g4s">The Guardian</a>.</em> The government department in charge of prisons has taken over the running of Birmingham Prison in the West Midlands, England after a report reveals "shocking" levels of drug, violence and alcohol there, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/20/moj-seizes-control-of-birmingham-prison-from-g4s">a report published by </a><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/20/moj-seizes-control-of-birmingham-prison-from-g4s">The Guardian</a>.</em>
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) seized control of the prison from G4S, a private company contracted to run security services on behalf of the government. As well as managing prisons, G4S runs immigration detention centers, supplies security personnel to events and works with governments overseas to deliver security operations. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) seized control of the prison from G4S, a private company contracted to run security services on behalf of the government. As well as managing prisons, G4S runs immigration detention centers, supplies security personnel to events and works with governments overseas to deliver security operations.
Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service will run the prison for the next six months at least. It will <a href="https://www.politico.eu/newsletter/london-playbook/politico-london-playbook-jail-breaks-rights-of-man-a-weekend-in-edinburgh/">assess whether control can be handed back to G4S</a> (<em>Politico</em>). Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service will run the prison for the next six months at least. It will <a href="https://www.politico.eu/newsletter/london-playbook/politico-london-playbook-jail-breaks-rights-of-man-a-weekend-in-edinburgh/">assess whether control can be handed back to G4S</a> (<em>Politico</em>).
A critical report by the prisons inspector <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/20/moj-seizes-control-of-birmingham-prison-from-g4s">released on Monday found</a> gangs acted with "near impunity", prisoners lived in squalid conditions and staff were afraid of prisoners (<em>The Guardian</em>). A critical report by the prisons inspector <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/20/moj-seizes-control-of-birmingham-prison-from-g4s">released on Monday found</a> gangs acted with "near impunity", prisoners lived in squalid conditions and staff were afraid of prisoners (<em>The Guardian</em>).
The Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said it was the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-45240742">"worst prison" he had "ever been to"</a> and concluded that Birmingham Prison had deteriorated into the UK's most violent prison. The Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said it was the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-45240742">"worst prison" he had "ever been to"</a> and concluded that Birmingham Prison had deteriorated into the UK's most violent prison.
<em>Politico</em> reports that it is likely to restart a wider political debate about privatized prisons and other services, after the collapse of Birmingham prison and other events. <em>Politico</em> reports that it is likely to restart a wider political debate about privatized prisons and other services, after the collapse of Birmingham prison and other events.
Earlier this year, one of the government's primary outsourced construction services companies, Carillion, collapsed, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44383224">threatening jobs, projects and services across the public sector</a>. Earlier this year, one of the government's primary outsourced construction services companies, Carillion, collapsed, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44383224">threatening jobs, projects and services across the public sector</a>.
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