Can charities & social enterprises run prisons?

Libby Brooks writing recently in the Guardian thinks not. The purpose of imprisonment, she says, is fundamentally punitive and cannot be reconciled with the third sector’s social mission — even (and perhaps especially, she seems to suggest) when this social purpose might be penal reform. The article revolves around the recent announcement by Turning Point and Catch 22 that they have been successful in bidding to build and manage prisons in partnership with private sector provider Serco in Liverpool and Manchester.

It’s an interesting piece and touches on some key issues to do with the role of the third sector in public service reform.

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