From a report by Corporate Watch we learn that on Friday 4 May, slipped between the local elections and the bank holiday, the Home Office quietly announced that G4S will keep its contract to run the infamous Brook House immigration detention centre for another two years. The Gatwick-based detention centre hit the headlines last September when secret filming from a brave whistleblower showed a taste of the abuse meted out by G4S guards.
G4S’ contract to manage Brook House, and neighbouring Tinsley House, was due to expire this month. Yet the tender process to re-award the contract has now been scrapped. The Home Office says it will start again later in 2018 – after two independent reviews into the centre, and the detention system as a whole, have concluded. In the meantime, detainees will continue to live under G4S rule. It is not clear how much G4S will make from the two extra years, but the initial contract has been valued at £150 million.
G4S also has other ongoing immigration detention contracts : children’s “welfare services” in the deportation “family unit” at Tinsley House; and detainee healthcare services at Yarl’s Wood as well as in the two Gatwick centres.
Around 2,500 people are locked up without trial or time limit in the Home Office’s immigration detention centres at any moment.
Home Office’s immigration detention centres Factsheet