In the Media

Firms to take over discipline in private jails

PUBLISHED June 3, 2004

The powers of Home Office officials charged with ensuring the "fair and lawful treatment of prisoners" inside Britain's private jails are to be handed over to the private companies to boost their competitiveness.

Leaked Home Office internal correspondence seen by the Guardian discloses that the responsibility of these officials -known as controllers - for internal prison discipline is also to be transferred to the director or governor of each private prison.