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G4S has been stripped of its contract at the Rainsbrook Youth Detention Center after 16 years of running the facility.  Prior to losing the contract, UK regulators issued a report that said, “Poor staff behaviour has led to some young people being subject to degrading treatment, racist comments, and being cared for by staff who were under the influence of illegal drugs.”

After reviewing the report, Frances Cook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform said,  “This is the worst report on a prison I have ever seen because it is a catalogue of abusive practices that have been inflicted on young children who have no escape.”  She added, “These child jails run for profit are secretive and should never have been set up in the first place. Rainsbrook should be closed immediately.  No child is safe at this jail.”

On February 26, 2016, following years of scandals, G4S announced it would sell its UK Children’s Services Business.  The decision came just weeks after the BBC aired an investigative report on G4S operations at the Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent.


Investigation Exposes Abuse at G4S Youth Prison

SOURCE: BBC1 PANORAMA The BBC’s Panorama News Program conducted an undercover investigation of the G4S-operated Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent.  The program (above) was aired on January 11, 2016.  Six minutes, 30 seconds (6:30) into the video, a G4S guard is seen restraining a teen with his fingers on the child’s throat.  The child […]

G4S Loses Contract to Run Rainsbrook Youth Offender Facility

SOURCE:  THE GUARDIAN G4S has lost a contract to run the Rainsbrook secure training centre for young offenders, near Rugby in Northamptonshire. The firm will be replaced by MTCNovo, the Youth Justice Board said. The facility, which has been run by G4S for more than 16 years, was graded “inadequate” in a critical report by inspectors […]

G4S Paid Author of “Independent” Youth Prison Report as Consultant

G4S Paid Author of “Independent” Youth Prison Report as Consultant

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN According to an investigative report by the Guardian, a former prisons official who wrote a glowing “independent” report about the Rainsbrook Youth Offender Center had previously been paid thousands of pounds as a consultant for G4S.  Commenting on the report, Labor MP Tom Watson told the Guardian, “I condemn the deplorable conduct of […]

Rainsbrook Chaos: G4S Staff Were “Racist and Under the Influence of Drugs” at Youth Prison

Rainsbrook Chaos: G4S Staff Were “Racist and Under the Influence of Drugs” at Youth Prison

SOURCE:  THE GUARDIAN G4S staff at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre were complicit in helping young offenders take drugs at the youth prison. An Ofsted report published on Wednesday (20 May) revealed security staff at the Warwickshire centre, which accommodates 87 males and females aged between 12 and 18, became so friendly with offenders they colluded […]