HMP Oakwood 'is getting worse, not better'

It is well-known in prison circles that this institution is referred to as 'Jokewood' by prisoners and staff across the system, but this isn't a joke - it is deeply serious.

This private prison has been open for a year-and-a-half and it is getting worse, not better. On a payment-by-results model it would be closed because G4S are being paid for it and it is not delivering results.

– Frances Crook, chief executive, Howard League for Penal Reform


Inspectors slam HMP Oakwood

The biggest prison in the country, HMP Oakwood in Wolverhampton, has been slammed by inspectors in another blow to its private operator G4S.