G4S suspends detention centre employees – but why does this firm still get government contracts?

Brook House is operated privately by G4S on behalf of the Home Office [Image: BBC].

The only question here is why G4S was given a contract to run an immigration centre in the first place.

Shall we consider some of the firms other recent disasters?

The biggie that everyone remembers was the Olympic security debacle in 2012.

There was the fraud investigation over tagging contracts.

G4S has been fined more than 100 times since 2010 for breaching contracts for prisons it runs.

Labour dropped G4S from providing security at its annual conference over human rights concerns.

G4S was stripped of its contract to run a scandal-hit youth prison.

The company even has a cheesy sub-Bon Jovi theme song.

Now this:

G4S has suspended nine members of staff from an immigration removal centre near Gatwick Airport, following a BBC Panorama undercover investigation.

The programme says it has covert footage recorded at Brook House showing officers “mocking, abusing and assaulting” people being held there.

It says it has seen “widespread self-harm and attempted suicides” in the centre, and that drug use is “rife”.

G4S said it is aware of the claims and “immediately” began an investigation.

Read more: Detainees ‘mocked and abused’ at immigration centre – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “G4S suspends detention centre employees – but why does this firm still get government contracts?

  1. marcusdemowbray

    G4S still keeps getting Government contracts however bad it is. Obviously this could not possibly be anything to do with Mayhem’s husband being a Director of it, and could not possibly be any hint of nepotism or cronyism in the contracts. Oh no, most definitely not, Tories believe in “Law and Order” and would never dream of doing anything remotely questionable.

  2. NMac

    Corruption, corruption and yet more corruption. As long as Tories can make money out of it they care nothing for ethics or legalities.

  3. DAn Hopewell

    You have missed the tragic ‘unlawful killing’ of Jimmy Mubenga by three G4S guards, two of whom had over 100 racists texts on their phones between them

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