A prisoner has died after his throat was slashed inside HMP Thameside.

A prisoner has died after his throat was slashed inside a privately run jail. The inmate, in his 40s, was attacked at HMP Thameside in Greenwich, south east London, in the early hours of Sunday, Scotland Yard said. He died at the Serco-run facility, which opened in 2012 and holds around 1,200 inmates. A man […]

The Serious Fraud Office has charged two former Serco directors with fraud over a contract with the Ministry of Justice to electronically monitor offenders.

The Serious Fraud Office has charged two former directors with fraud over a contract with the Ministry of Justice to electronically monitor offenders. Nicholas Woods, the former finance director of Serco home affairs, and Simon Marshall, former operations director of field services, have been charged with fraud by false representation and false accounting. Mr Woods […]

Serco returns to growth in the UK for the first time since the Tagging Scandal

Outsourcing giant Serco has finally put its electronic tagging scandal behind it by revealing that revenues from its UK operations have grown for the first time since 2013. Six years ago, revelations that the company had charged the taxpayer to monitor released prisoners who were either dead or still in jail led to an initial […]

Serco launches ‘Vulnerability Prediction Tool’ to reduce risk of prisoner self-harm and suicide

Serco, the international services company and a leading provider of prison services, has developed and successfully deployed a unique and innovative ‘Vulnerability Prediction Tool’ (VPT) across six UK prisons. The new tool predicts prisoners’ vulnerability by recognising departures from normal patterns of behaviour.  This change in behavior and vulnerability is then highlighted to Prison Officers, […]

HMP Doncaster – “A very poor prison, safety a major concern” say Inspectors

Safety was a major concern at HMP Doncaster and a lack of staff was contributing to problems, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the South Yorkshire local jail. HMP Doncaster, which opened in 1994 and is managed by Serco, holds just over 1,000 […]

Prison officer admits misconduct in public office

A former prison officer who leaked stories to the Sun about a Serco-run immigration centre in west London has pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office. While working as a prisoner custody officer, Mark Blake, 42, from Slough, was paid nearly £8,000 for tips about the Colnbrook secure immigration removal centre in Hillingdon which […]

Yarls Wood: “A Place of National Concern”

Controversial Immigration detention centre Yarl’s Wood has been labelled a “place of national concern” after a scathing report revealed conditions have deteriorated. Inspectors found dozens of pregnant women have been held at the facility in Bedfordshire against Government policy, while some are being held for more than a year because of “unacceptable” delays in processing […]

Yarls Wood high self harm

Immigration detainees at the controversial Yarl’s Wood centre have required medical treatment after self-harming on average more than once a week in the last two years, official figures show. The Home Office revealed that in 2014 there were 61 incidents of self-harm which required medical treatment, while in 2013 there were 74. The revelation prompted […]

Yarls Wood staff suspended after undercover investigation

A worker at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre has been suspended after a guard was secretly filmed calling inmates “caged animals”. The investigation into the centre in Bedfordshire, which is run by private firm Serco, also raised concerns about self-harm by inmates. The footage was filmed by an undercover reporter for Channel 4 News. Serco […]

Serco criticised over Doncaster Prison

A privately-run prison, HMP Doncaster, has been heavily criticised for locking up inmates in cells without electricity or running water for more than two days. The prison, which is run by security giant Serco, is the latest jail to be slammed by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) after inspectors found its “performance was in […]

HMP Dovegate Therapeutic Community – Working Effectively to Reduce The Risk of Reoffending

HMP Dovegate’s Therapeutic Community was doing some good work with prisoners to reduce the risk they posed, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection of the facility at the Staffordshire jail. The Dovegate Therapeutic Community (TC) is a distinct institution holding up to 200 men, contained within the […]