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Rising Violence at G4S-run Birmingham Prison

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SOURCE: OPEN DEMOCRACY

The concept of prisons for profit is wrongBirmingham 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 effect, the taxpayer gets what the taxpayer pays for. My worry is that when these huge prisons go wrong, the effects can be catastrophic. Broken bones and slashed faces are serious, but there could well be suicides and riots in private prisons like Birmingham.”

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