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Serco to run first private prison in Germany

Date : 12 November 2004

Serco Group has been awarded a five year contract, by the Hessen Ministry of Justice to manage the Hessen prison services.

The contract awarded to Serco is the first major prison services contract to be awarded in Germany.

The prison is being built by the State of Hessen Ministry of Justice and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2005 and will house some 502 male inmates. Serco will be responsible for psychological, medical and educational care of the prisoners as well as buildings maintenance, video surveillance, kitchens, workshops and other FM services. Serco, in conjunction with manufacturing companies throughout Germany, will provide industrial work for 300 prisoners.

Under German law the state is required to retain control of custodial services.

The contract follows the recent announcement by the UK Government Home Office to retain Serco's wholly owned subsidiary - Premier Custodial Group to provide electronic monitoring to offenders.

Grant Rumbles, Chief Executive - Serco Continental Europe and Middle East (CEME), said: " We are delighted to be appointed to manage this prestigious contract. It is further evidence that Serco can transfer the extensive level of experience gained from one geographical market into another to the benefit of our customers."

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Last Updated: 29 January 2014