The Ministry of Justice has announced that 30 bidders have passed the first stage of a competition to win regional probation service contracts.
Bids come from a range of private firms, charities, British and multinational business. The contracts will for the first time require every prisoner on release from custody to receive at least 12 month's supervision in the community.
You can see the announcement in full and the list of bidders here.
It was reported last week that Capita will be taking over the Ministry of Justice electronic monitoring contracts from Serco and G4S in the new year.
Journalist Kate Belgrave offers a run down of recent press announcements and the worrying expansion of punishment to people outside of criminal justice. She speculates that private tagging companies could be looking to diversify to using the technology in the social care sector, for example with people with learning disabilities and dementia.
The Financial Times reports that the Ministry of Justice will put prison maintenance contracts out to tender 'within days'.
The contracts, worth an estimated £100m per year, will cover activities such as cleaning, waste management and grounds maintenance at 117 prisons across England and Wales. According to the paper the country will be divided into four contract areas, with any one bidder being allowed to win up to two of the areas.
The National Audit Office (NAO) praises three new prisons built by the National Offender Management Service, in a new report out today.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the NAO singles out screened in-cell showers and toilets as particularly important. When completed, the prisons are set to house around 2,500 individuals.
The appearance of four senior executives from Atos, Capita, G4S and Serco before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee got off to a slow start yesterday. It soon warmed up.
Richard Garside reviews the latest National Audit Office report on the electronic monitoring contracts.
In advance of the appearance of G4S, Serco, Capita and Atos senior executives before the Commons Public Accounts Committee tomorrow, CBI Director General John Cridland has warned that criticism of the companies threatens to undermine a 'great British export success'.
According to The Financial Times, Mr Cridland said:
G4S and Serco are under criminal investigation after claims that they have been overcharging by ‘tens of millions of pounds’.
The Guardian reports that the Ministry of Justice was billed for tagging 18,000 people when only 15,000 were being monitored.
The justice secretary is to allow G4S and Serco to bid for Ministry of Justice contracts despite both facing alleged fraud investigations.
The Guardian reports that both companies have been 'ordered to go through a "a process of corporate renewal" which Grayling has said involves both companies demonstrating that they have addressed "internal cultural issues" that allowed the overcharging to happen and have "purged" the staff involved'.