Last week the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies' Director, Richard Garside, was quoted in an article in the Financial Times about private companies running immigration detention centres.
He said, 'if the state is going to detain someone, it should be under the auspices of state agencies, not the private sector'.
The article suggests that the companies that run detention centres are under increased pressure, including declining profit margins, increased public scrutiny after a series scandals and damning inspection reports, as well as rising numbers of people seeking asylum in the UK.
You can read the full article here (paywall).
Here are a few articles we've published over the years about immigration detention, as well as outsourcing immigration detention facilities:
- 'Barnardo's and G4S, partners in the child detention business', by Frances Webber;
- 'From immigration detention to destitution', by Lucy Williams';
- 'Behind the wire at Immigration Removal Centres' and 'I would build...a humane asylum system', by Dr Victoria Canning.