September 3, 2008
Charities Join Bids to Run Prisons
In a new twist on the privatization of prisons, the Times (London) reports that four UK charities have joined with for-profit companies making bids to run prisons in England. Nacro, a charity that works to reduce crime by working with ex-offenders and disadvantaged communities, and The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, a drug treatment charity, have joined with security firm G4S and construction company Galliford Try in a bid to run two prisons in London and Merseyside. According to a Nacro press release, its role would be limited to managing resettlement services for the prisoners. It already provides such services in approximately 40 prisons, but believes its efforts would be more effective if it was involved from the start with the prison regime planning. In a separate bid for the same project, Rainer Crime Concern, a charity that provides services to young offenders, and Turning Point, a social care organization that provides drug treatment services, have joined with services firm Serco.
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