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Privately Financed Prisons - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:37 pm on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Stamford Lord Davies of Stamford Labour 3:37 pm, 27th June 2018

My Lords, is it not the case that you can achieve considerable savings in a prison system if prisons are designed and built from the start with a view to the maximally efficient use of staff, bearing in mind the need to achieve targeted levels of out-of-cell time and community time for inmates? Is it not the case that you do not get those savings unless the same organisation, be it private or public sector, is responsible for managing the prison—at least for the payout period for the necessary financing—as well as for the design and construction? Otherwise, there will be no incentive to build a prison to maximally efficient levels.