Prisons: Contracts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

What recent assessment he has made of the performance of prison contractors.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Several privately managed prisons are among some of the highest performing prisons across the estate; these include HMP Oakwood, HMP Bronzefield, HMP Dovegate and HMP Ashfield.

As well as contractual performance indicators, privately managed prisons are subject to the Prison Performance Tool. These annual ratings are published on

Privately managed prison providers achieve the majority of their contractual targets, and their performance is closely monitored by the robust contract management processes in place.

Each privately managed prison has an on-site Controller, employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). The Controller has regular review meetings with the contractor against performance indicators.

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