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Interserve adds cutting crime to its services

Construction and support services firm’s new justice team could oversee ‘tagging’ of ex-prisoners and be measured on reoffending rates.

Interserve has set up a justice team as it extends its services from build and maintenance to management of UK prisons.

The firm said it is building on a 25-year history of financing, building and maintaining many of the UK’s prisons, through additional custodial and community services.

Yvonne Thomas will lead the operational team after joining from the National Offender Management Service, where she sat on the board as an operations director.

The company said with Ministry of Justice competition plans spanning the justice arena, including payment-by-results pilots and electronic monitoring - or tagging - the “horizons for Interserve’s justice team are broad indeed”.

It has been shortlisted to provide services for three prisons it showed an interest in - Durham, Onley and Wolds. The MoJ has put nine out for tender.

Ms Thomas said: “The payment-by-results principle is particularly compelling.

“We’re determined that if our prison bids prove successful, the positive outcomes achieved for prisoners leaving an Interserve establishment will be able to be accurately measured.

“Not only will this show how effective we and our delivery partners are, it will also underline the value for money we will provide for the taxpayer - and ultimately how, in partnership, we can help reduce reoffending.”

Interserve has worked with the MoJ, NOMS and Her Majesty’s Prison Service as a custodial construction partner to build and refurbish over 5,000 cells.

Chief executive Adrian Ringrose said:  “Outsourcing frontline services is a must, given the state of the public finances. 

“Interserve can play a significant role in delivering frontline services for the MoJ having gained substantial experience in other sectors, among them custodial construction and design. Our experience is both highly relevant and transferable.”

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