The Government's decision to hand over prisons to the private sector was "a mistake of Olympic proportions", said the chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform after G4S lost one of its contracts:
The Government will seek to deflect criticism of its prison privatisation programme by excluding G4S from the next stage of the bidding process, but the principle of awarding lucrative contracts to private companies running prisons on the cheap remains unchallenged
Private firms are often much better at winning contracts than delivering the goods, but the criteria for these decisions have not been made public.
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