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Think tank claims private firms 'better at running prisons'

21 February 2013 Last updated at 07:26 GMT

Private companies are better at running prisons than the public sector, according to a study by a centre-right think tank.

Reform said 10 out of 12 privately-run prisons had lower reoffending rates among those serving 12 months or more than comparable public jails.

In 2012, the government signalled a move away from wholesale privatisation in England and Wales. Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said Reform's report was a "simplistic analysis".

Danny Shaw reports.