Prisons: Private Sector

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many privately operated prisons have a regime management plan in place.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

All regime management matters lie with Contractors. Regime Management Plans are only required for public sector prisons. However, operators of privately managed prisons are required to ensure they maintain a safe, decent and secure prison as per their contractual obligation. The performance of all providers continues to be robustly managed. We will not hesitate to take action if and when standards fall short.

Each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) whose role it is to monitor performance at the prison across a range of indicators. If the contract management team are concerned that outcomes are affected by problems related to regime management, then this will form part of contract management processes and this will be raised with the provider. If we require outcomes to be improved we will expect that action by the provider will address regime matters.

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