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Justice for sale - the privatisation of offender management services

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This report presents findings from research undertaken by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) which was commissioned by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).  

This forms part of a wider research project investigating the outsourcing of public services in key sectors – offender management, employment services, health care, social care and local government services.

This first report examines the outsourcing of offender management in England and Wales and looks at prisons and the supervision of offenders in the community. It also reviews three significant contracting areas – prisons, electronic monitoring and probation.

Based on this research, the TUC has identified a set of policy recommendations to address specific issues related to the outsourcing of offender management services, and also others which are applicable to public services more broadly.