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G4S Loses Wolds Prison Contract

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN G4S, the private company at the center of the Olympic security debacle, has lost its contract to run Britain’s first private prison and failed to win any new contracts in the biggest round of prison privatization in England and Wales so far. The Ministry of Justice said the management of the Wolds […]

Drugs and Disorder at G4S Prison of the Future

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN An investigative report finds that G4S is hiring inexperienced staff that are incapable of keeping control of Oakwood Prison. The prison is described as a place where inexperienced staff clash with prisoners, where drugs and alcohol are more easily come by than education courses, and where vital services are hard to access. […]

Altcourse Prison Slow to React to Increasing Violence

SOURCE: ECHO NEWS Britan’s Inspectorate of Prisons has issued a report describing G4S as slow to react to increasing levels of violence. According to a report, the security strategy did not make the necessary links between drugs, gangs, and violence and little had been done to address the disproportionate number of young adults involved in […]

Rising Violence at G4S-run Birmingham Prison

SOURCE: OPEN DEMOCRACY Birmingham Prison reported a steep rise in attacks on staff and prisoners, a 46 percent rise in assaults between 2010-2012. Commenting on the increase, Frances Crook, Executive Director of the Howard League for Penal Reform stated, “Private jails make their profits from having lower staffing levels, and paying staff lower wages. In […]

South African prisoners sue G4S over torture claims

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN A group of South African prisoners are suing G4S over abuse they allege they suffered in a Bloemfontein prison run by the British security company. British law firm Leigh Day, which is representing the 43 prisoners, sent an urgent letter to the company’s UK headquarters in Crawley on Thursday. The inmates claim […]

South Africa takes over G4S prison after concerns

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN South African authorities have announced they will take over the management of a maximum security prison run by G4S after the private security contractor “lost effective control of the facility”. The South African department of correctional services (DCS) said on Wednesday that it was taking over Mangaung correctional centre outside Bloemfontein because […]