Serco awarded £250m contract to continue operating HMP Doncaster
Date: 31 Mar 2011
Serco Group plc (Serco), the international service company, announces today that it has been awarded the contract to continue operating HM Prison and Young Offender Institution (HMP&YOI) Doncaster. The award was confirmed by the National Offender Management Service, an executive agency of the UK Government's Ministry of Justice.
Serco has run the establishment since 1994 and will continue to ensure that it is a safe, secure, decent, efficient and responsible establishment. The new contract will commence in October 2011 and is valued at around £250m over 15 years.
As part of the contract, management and staff will be working for the first time at HMP Doncaster with voluntary sector partners Turning Point and Catch 22 to pilot a rehabilitation programme, on a payment by results basis, to reduce reoffending. This work will extend beyond the prison so that Serco and its partners will continue working with offenders after they are released. The programme will: deliver employment training and education; maintain family links; secure appropriate accommodation on release; and provide access to a network of trained volunteer mentors.
Serco is a leading operator of custodial services in the UK, where it operates four prisons, one young offender institution and a secure training centre. It has the contract to operate a fifth prison, Belmarsh West, which is currently under construction.
Christopher Hyman, Chief Executive of Serco Group, said: "HMP Doncaster has a strong record of providing a secure environment and working to turn offenders' lives around. Employees, management and our partners including those in the voluntary sector have been incredibly innovative in their efforts to rehabilitate those in their care. I am delighted that, along with our partners we will be able to continue our pioneering approach by delivering one of the pilot programmes in support of the Government's new proposals to reduce re-offending."
For further information please contact Serco:
Stuart Ford, Head of Investor Relations T +44 (0) 208 334 4122
Dominic Cheetham, Director of Corporate Communications T +44 (0) 208 334 4334
Marcus De Ville, Head of Media Relations T +44 (0) 208 334 4388
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