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Think tank claims private firms 'better at running prisons'

Private companies are better at running prisons than the public sector, according to a study by a centre-right think tank.

Reform said 10 out of 12 privately-run prisons had lower reoffending rates among those serving 12 months or more than comparable public jails.

In 2012, the government signalled a move away from wholesale privatisation in England and Wales. Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said Reform's report was a "simplistic analysis".

Danny Shaw reports.

  • 21 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK
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