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UK Government bans plans to privatise prisons

Monday 25 November 2013

For the last 18 months, the UK Government has been investigating the possibility of privatising …

HMP Hatfield, Lindholme and Moorland, three prisons located in Yorkshire, a county in the North-East of England. The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Chris Grayling, has now informed Parliament that the Government has abandoned plans to privatise the above-mentioned prisons. As indicated in a Written Ministerial Statement to the House of Commons, he states that this approach: “… in the circumstances is the best possible option both for the prisons involved and for the public.”

The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) welcomes the Government decision and states that this is good news for staff and will improve the morale and indeed the operational viability of these three prisons. Moreover, the POA states that it will continue its campaign for bringing back into the public sphere the privatised prisons of Birmingham and Northumberland.


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