Rt Hon Peter Bone MP
Dear Mr Bone,
Re: Sudden and imminent closure of Wellingborough Prison
As a local to the area I have seen, over the last twenty years, what
appears to have been an enormous amount of expansion and development
work at Wellingborough Prison with the buildings appear to double in size.
Sir David Ramsbotham HM Chief Inspector of Prisons report dated
September 2000 states the facilities included a recently built kitchen
(catering for over 500 prisoners plus staff) and in June 1999, two substantial new living units had been built.
The facility, from afar, appears modern and in impressive repair. There
must be a very considerable investment of tax-payer's money represented
by this facility.
I do not specifically object to private prisons. I object to the
government monopolising the judicial and prison market, demanding I pay
taxation by the threat of violent force, squandering the money on such
services as the development of prisons only to abandon them even when they
appear to be functioning reasonably and then subcontracting the
provision of that service, still funded with money obtained via forced
taxation, to profit making organisations.
If the government is in agreement with my belief that market-forces
should be a better mechanism to provide all services with efficiency,
could we not simply cut-out the middle-man and do away with the
involvement of the state in all matters that require involuntary
taxation. That will then allow market-forces to function without the
distorting effect and ultimate failure the involvement of the state