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One British Industry That Isn’t Worried About Brexit

Despite scandals and backlash, private prisons are expanding
Her Majesty’s Prison Thameside in south London, run by Serco

When British prison inspectors appeared unannounced at Her Majesty’s Prison Birmingham, a large private facility in central England, they encountered pools of blood and vomit on the floors. Guards locked themselves in offices to sleep during patrol hours, and inmates wandered the corridors visibly high. At one point the chief inspector, Peter Clarke, became so overcome by drug fumes that he had to leave the housing unit. Earlier that week, his team’s cars had been torched in the secure staff parking lot, according to a letter he wrote to the justice secretary last August.

Two weeks after Clarke’s visit, ministers used emergency powers to take control of HMP Birmingham from G4S Plc, the private company that had run it since 2011. Britain

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