Northumberland MP demands answers over Sodexo running of prisons
An MP has voiced concerns over ‘staff shortages and increasing violence’ at prisons managed by a private firm.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said he is concerned about the welfare of staff at five jails run by Sodexo Justice Service, including HMP Northumberland.
The Acklington prison has been embroiled in scandal since it was put under the control of the firm in December 2013.
In August, insiders claimed staff had “lost control of the jail” after two officers were attacked, with one suffering a suspected broken jaw and fractured eye socket.
The vicious assaults came just months after an inmate... read more
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