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.”
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