A number of jurisdictions have contracted the transportation of prisoners to private companies, most notably the UK and Australia. Several studies of the implementation of this policy were undertaken in the UK.
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Thematic Review of Custodial Transport Services in Western Australia (PDF)
Office of the Inspector Custodial Services, 2007
A report with recommendations on the delivery of transport services which includes an examination of the performance of both public and private providers.
The Joint Inspection of Prisoner Escort and Court Custody in England and Wales: Thematic Review (PDF)
HM Inspectorate of Court Administration (HMICA) and HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), 2007
A report which looks at the end-to-end process for court escort and custody which assesses the performance of the contractors involved in delivering the service and highlights areas of good practice.
Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Services Contract (PECCS): Post Implementation Review (PDF)
Scottish Prison Service , 2006
An assessment of the first 18 months of the PECCS contract against the benefits envisaged by the original business case.
Better Quality Services (Web Page)
PA Consulting, 2002
A review of first generation of Prisoner Escort and Custody Services contract for HM Prison Service with the aim of improving quality and value for money.
Prison Escort and Custody Services: Prisoners' Experiences (PDF)
Cuthbert, Christopher; Satter, Ghazala and Williams, Bridget, 2000
Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Survey results of prisoners' experiences of contracted escort services covering conditions in the vehicle and the custody suite as well as how well informed they were of their rights at court.
A Survey of the Prisoner Escort and Custody Service Provided by Group 4 and by Securicor Custodial Services (PDF)
Caddle, Diane, 1995
Research and Planning Unit, Home Office
Survey of Crown and Magistrates's court clerks, police and prison staff and lay observers carried out to assess satisfaction with PECS contracts.
ISBN 185893 498 2
Group 4 Prisoner Escort Service: A Survey of Customer Satisfaction (PDF)
Nee, Claire, 1994
Home Office Research, Development and Planning Unit
Survey of customer satisfaction with escort service carried out after a year of operation. Respondents include court, prison and police staff plus lay observers.
ISBN 1 85893 2661