The government is failing.
Carillion has gone into liquidation; construction sites have come to a halt. Whilst its executives have lined their pockets, thousands of its worker’s jobs are left uncertain. The rich grow richer, while the poor grow poorer.
Holding lucrative contracts, such as the first phase of the Battersea Power Station, Carillion was also under contract to maintain 50 prisons. This included HMP Wandsworth, the largest and one of the worst ranked prisons in the UK, which Carillion had long been failing to provide adequate repairs for (Insidetime, 2016; BBC, 2018; Davies, 2018).
The UK prison system is failing.
With crime being attributable to the cyclical nature of the national economy (Paylor, 1995, p1) and prisoners typically coming from economically, socially and often emotionally impoverished backgrounds (Towl and Crighton, 2009, pXI) ,this current scenario proves especially damning on how the government is failing one of the most neglected and mismanaged groups in our society.
One group has rallied together in protest of this, creating a rehabilitation scheme that takes in offenders from HMP Wandsworth upon their release. By providing them with the necessary facilities and training to be rid of the institutionalised system that prison imposes upon them, in doing so, revealing the inadequacy of the government.
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Insidetime. (2016). Catalogue of problems with prison maintenance. [online] Insidetime.org. Available at: https://insidetime.org/catalogue-of-problems-with-prison-maintenance/ [Accessed 19 Mar. 2018].
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