The Centre's director, Richard Garside, said today that the Ministry of Justice should halt plans to commission off-the-shelve satellite tagging technology.
His comments follow yesterday's announcement that the Ministry was shelving its controversial programme to develop a bespoke satellite tagging programme.
The Ministry of Justice paid Serco £1.1 million for running a secure children's unit after it was closed and the remaining children had either been transferred or released, The Guardian reports. Serco ran Hassockfield training centre since it opened in 1999, and continued to receive payments for seven weeks after it closed on 20 November 2014.
Two thirds of the £35 billion worth of government contracts held by private companies can't be scrutinised properly by Whitehall, reports The Guardian. The figures come from a National Audit Office report published today which surveyed government contracts worth more than £1 million. It found that only 31 per cent of contracts have a clause allowing the government to access data on profit margins.
The Ministry of Justice is continuing to pay controversial security firms G4S and Serco millions of pounds a month for electronic tagging, more than a year after both companies were supposedly banned from delivering such work. The revelation comes following an analysis of Ministry of Justice data by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, published today.
Our Research and Policy Assistant, Matt Ford, points out that the Ministry of Justice is still paying huge amounts of public money to G4S and Serco for providing electronic monitoring
Private outsourcing company Serco is to be investigated by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, The Guardian reports. The investigation comes after the company was forced to disclose a secret internal report revealing evidence that it failed to investigate properly a claim of repeated sexual assaults by one of its staff against a female resident at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre.
'Government spends £187 billion on goods and services with third parties each year, around half of which is estimated to be on contracted out services'. So claims a report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), published last week, on the contracting out of public services to the private sector.
'Estimated' is the operative word here, for a cloak of secrecy shrouds government contracts. As the PAC notes in its report:
Troubled security company G4S may still face criminal prosecution over its alleged overcharging on electronic monitoring and prisoner escort contracts, The Guardian reports.
G4S and Serco are currently banned from bidding for contracts to run probation services in England and Wales. The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling reportedly said yesterday that he saw this as an opportunity to promote innovation.
In a further sign that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is clearing the decks ahead of the planned probation privatisation, it has announced that Serco's Community Payback contract in London will stop by the end of this year.
The announcement was smuggled into a footnote in an MoJ press release issued today. The MoJ also announced that no new participants will enter the payment by results pilot scheme at Doncaster prison after the end of 2014.