G4S-run prisons have been under scrutiny since the BBC exposed staff appearing to use excessive force on children at the Medway centre in Kent, pictured [Image: Gareth Fuller/PA].

G4S-run prisons have been under scrutiny since the BBC exposed staff appearing to use excessive force on children at the Medway centre in Kent, pictured [Image: Gareth Fuller/PA].

Perhaps they’ll go back to letting prisoners escape from the backs of trucks, as was once mentioned memorably on the BBC’s News Quiz

It seems that the Conservative Party has, at long last, had enough of bungling private security firm G4S and has started taking contracts away from it – starting with the scandal-hit Medway centre.

This is how the Daily Mirror reported the facts:

The Ministry of Justice is to take over the running of a scandal-hit youth prison, according to reports.

Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, was at the centre of claims that staff assaulted children.

The Government will start operating the facility – currently run by G4S – through the National Offender Management Service by the end of July, according to the BBC.

The MoJ has not confirmed the reports.

A spokesman for the department said: “Our priority will always be the safety and welfare of young people in custody – that is why the Justice Secretary set up an Independent Improvement Board to examine the running of Medway STC.

“This sits alongside a wider review of youth justice, led by Charlie Taylor. We are considering a range of options and will announce the next steps in due course.”

Source: 7 bits of bad news the Tories sneaked out while everyone was watching the election – Mirror Online

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