Commenting on the Government’s decision to scrap the privatisation of the Doncaster cluster of prisons (HMP/YOI Hatfield, HMP Moorland and HMP Lindholme) Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said:
“The end of this Serco-shambles will be a relief to the staff that work in these prisons. This competition has been incompetently managed from start to finish. The Government promised huge savings, caused many months of uncertainty to staff and blighted attempts to improve standards at these prisons.
“I am disappointed that the Minister has chosen to make this decision public on a Friday, rather than face MPs over this disastrous process. We now need to know the full cost of this competition, given the cuts in prison staffing and the crisis in prison capacity.”
The three prisons concerned are all in the Don Valley constituency.
Responding to the Ministry of Justice decision to abandon privatising the South Yorkshire prisons cluster, Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, said:
“This is a humiliating climbdown which shows the danger of being over reliant on a private monopoly to run vast swathes of the justice system.
“David Cameron and Chris Grayling's plans for the prison system are in tatters. Their talk of a rehabilitation revolution is nothing but a pipe-dream. The severe shortage of prison places combined with cuts in staff is causing huge problems and is putting public safety at risk.
“This Tory-led Government should listen to expert advice and also suspend their half-baked privatisation of the probation service. Experts, those running probation trusts and the Ministry of Justice's own internal risk register warn the Government's plans to put supervision of serious and violent offenders in the hands of G4S, Serco and the like will put public safety at risk."
Read Chris Grayling's written Ministerial statement HERE.