Following confirmation that three Doncaster prisons - HMP Hatfield, HMP Lindholme and HMP Moorland – are to put out to competition for new management, Caroline Flint said:
“The Government’s plan to cut the prisons and probation budget by 23% is too deep a cut; and their attempt to cut the prison population by reducing sentences has been chaotic.
“The only consolation is that the decision to put our local prisons up for competition is that the Government hasn’t closed them; which at least means that the Government see a future to invest in HMP Hatfield, HMP Moorland and HMP Lindholme.
“What is not clear is why these prisons have been selected and the Minister’s letter sheds no light at all on this. So we still don’t know what criteria was used and what impact it will have on those working within the prison system.
“I hope that there will be a strong public sector bid from the in-house team, but I also want reassurance from Government about any further job losses as a result of this process.”
“Our local prisons have experienced and professional prison and probation officers, and it is important not to lose their expertise from the system.”