Failing private probation firms given £277m public bailout

From Private Eye: The Ministry of Justice gave a huge £277m bailout to the eight firms running Britain’s failing private probation companies in late July, without announcing the massive deal to either MPs or the public. This big reward for failure is over ten times the £22m bailout already given to the firms in May.

Inspectors have found poor services at the private firms, which have slashed staff and provision. In many cases ex-offenders are interviewed by probation staff over the phone rather than in person.

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Government outsourcing ‘high-risk’ jobs guarding murderers and rapists at probation hostels to private firms

From The Independent: Jobs monitoring dangerous criminals, including murderers and rapists, after they leave prison are being privatised by the Tory Government. Critics argue that employees taken on by private companies do not have the experience and training needed for the vital role.

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