The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has today taken over the running of HMP Birmingham for an initial six-month period at no additional cost to the taxpayer.
This follows an extended period during which HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has worked with the operator, G4S, in an attempt to drive up standards at the prison amid serious concerns over safety, security and decency.
It is clear, however, that without additional support the prison will not be able to make sufficient progress on these pressing issues which have again been highlighted following the recent HMIP inspection. G4S accept that this is the case.
From today, the running of the establishment will be taken over by HMPPS in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and as part of the contract with G4S.
However, HMPPS will work closely with G4S to ensure minimal disruption and to reassure staff of their mutual commitment to stabilising the prison and putting it on a sustainable footing.