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Seems the privatisation of our prisons (started under Labour btw) has upset Prison Officers to the point of striking. Whilst I can imagine that a "private" prison with medievil regime (bread and water etc) could work out cheaper - the problem is, would it be allowed by the Inspectorate and the HR lobby? So assuming current holiday camp standards are retained, one would imagine that a cut in the wages bill and staff conditions would provide the profit margin, which could mean importing our prison Officers from E/Europe - which may work out OK, as they could then speak the same language as 25% or so of the inmates! :lol:

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I understand many of our prisons are already run by private companies so presumably it works, at least as well as the non-private system.

 

I saw the TV news item last night and they did look a grim bunch outside the prison, plus they were being talked at by a union official who spoke 'the book' at them, rather than anything from the heart. Predictable!

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One way would be to make them into call centres could be cheaper but it would put all those call centres in India out of business :shock::shock::?

 

I can imagine it now.

 

"good morning sir my name is John tax dodger Atkins and I am calling today to ask you a few questions about your finances. Have you had a loan that you were mis-sold payment protection on. If so give me the details and for a modest percentage of any money recovered I will contact a few of the lads to go and sort it out for you" :shock::shock::lol::lol:

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IMO prisons should always be owned by the state, for the state. I believe Serco will not get a penny until reoffending rates drop, so the temptation to save money is there, but since the private sector is always run for profit, I believe it will cost more in the long run.

 

Bring back bread and water for the basic prisoner, a more substantial meal for the workers. :wink:

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Just how does anyone reduce reoffending rates? With institutionalised prisoners, they can't wait to get back inside; career criminals can't resist the attraction of big bucks and consignment to unemployment provides the rest with an incentive to crime - so it will be interesting to see just how they do. :shock:

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