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20 August 2013

Capita preferred bidder for electronic monitoring contract

Capita plc today announces that it has been selected by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as preferred bidder for the electronic monitoring and field support services contract and also the role of overall services and systems integrator. The contract is expected to generate revenues to Capita of some £400m over the initial six year contract term, based on the anticipated increase in the use of tags beyond the current numbers of monitored individuals.

Further significant growth is expected through the expansion of services to other government departments and agencies. Capita will also work with the MoJ to promote the intellectual property which underpins the service internationally, generating further growth and value for the public purse and Capita.

Let nationally for the first time, the service is expected to generate significant efficiency savings for the MoJ and will exploit new, more sophisticated, GPS-based technology which will allow for curfew, location and proximity monitoring.

When fully live, this is expected to be the largest, single and most advanced ‘tagging’ system in the world . . . while being run to the highest possible standards of governance and transparency.

Paul Pindar

Capita chief executive

Capita will provide two monitoring centres, the field force and, as overall services and systems integrator, ensure that the software, hardware and mobile network, procured separately by the MoJ, work seamlessly together.

Capita plc chief executive, Paul Pindar, said: “When fully live, this is expected to be the largest, single and most advanced ‘tagging’ system in the world. This integrated service will play a key role in providing better alternatives to short prison sentences, allowing more tailored curfew and location monitoring, and better management of subjects under electronic monitoring orders. It will offer a balance of monitoring and mentoring and help to achieve the Government’s broader objective of reducing re-offending while being run to the highest possible standards of governance and transparency.”

The flexible, scalable service has been designed to enable other government bodies, for example, the probation services, the NHS and social care agencies, to procure related services.

As part of the service, Capita has embedded a team from the National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders (NACRO) into the control centre to proactively engage with people on single requirement community orders and provide access to additional support including local mentors.

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