Louise today questioned the Minister over the performance of G4S in youth custody following the shocking revelations detailed in a BBC Panorama report in the G4S-run Medway Secure Youth Training Centre.
In September last year G4S won the highly sensitive £50m, 5-year contract to run the centre in Kent for young people aged 12-18 years serving a custodial sentence. That was despite an investigation into G4S by the Serious Fraud Office for overcharging the MoJ for the tagging of criminals.
The allegations detailed by the BBC indicate shocking abuse at the youth jail including brutal application of restraint techniques, the covering up of violent incidents and other physical abuse enough to amount to "child abuse" according to the Director of the charity, Inquest.
Louise pressed the Minister to urgently detail how many contract breaches had occurred at G4S-run establishments and how many fines G4S had incurred as a result. Commenting Louise said:
"When G4S was awarded the multi-million pound contract back in September many raised doubts about their capability. Now an undercover report has revealed what amounts to a culture of brutality at the G4S-run youth jail in Medway."
"G4S have a duty of care to all those detained but this undercover footage shows abuse of young people was commonplace. This comes on the back of an OfSted report on another youth detention facility which rebuked G4S for degrading treatment of young people at the centre."
"Something is clearly seriously wrong with G4S' ability to manage these facilities appropriately and Ministry of Justice urgently need to detail where and how many breaches of contract G4S have incurred."