Prisons Are Run Better By Private Firms

Private firms are better at running prisons than the public sector and all jails should be subject to open competition, according to a think tank.The Government would be wrong to limit the role of private companies within prisons to small contracts, such as maintenance and catering, right-wing group Reform said. Ten out of 12 privately-managed prisons have lower re-offending rates among offenders serving 12 months or more than comparable public sector prisons, a report by the group found. Researcher Will Tanner, who wrote the report, said: "Twenty years of private prisons have created an effective market which is ready to grow. "Evidence shows that a greater role for the private sector will advance the 'rehabilitation revolution' which ministers want to deliver."