G4S runs both HMP Oakwood, the troubled £150 million jail in Featherstone, South Staffordshire, and HMP Birmingham, in Winson Green.

Today it emerged that the security firm has been fined a total £135,552.57 for not hitting targets set out in its contracts with the Government to run the prisons.

The reasons for penalties have including not hitting targets on mandatory drug testing, the employment of inmates and the number of prisoner complaints. The punishments were revealed after a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Reported by the Express and Star. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.