GEO - Delta Announce Joint Venture to Bid for Probation Contracts

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The GEO Group UK Ltd and Delta Rehabilitation Ltd have today announced that they are to form a Joint Venture as a potential bidder for the Ministry of Justice's Transforming Rehabilitation competition in the York and North Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire region.

Phil Watkins, GEO UK's Managing Director said:

"We are delighted to be working with a highly professional and dedicated staff mutual with a clear vision for reducing re-offending whilst at the same time maintaining the risk management skills required to keep the public safe".

Richard Barker, Delta's Chairman, said:

"I'm delighted that we have secured a partner with the same drive, ambition and values as our own. GEO brings strong sector experience and a unique sets of competences. When put together with those of Delta and our local delivery partners we represent a very formidable proposition indeed".

Project Director Martin Gore paid tribute to the Staff Council and the Project Team for building the successful proposition so quickly:

"We have moved from the initial concept of a mutual in July to a fully developed Project Team and elected Staff Council with supporting Business Plans in four months. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of Cabinet Office Ambassadors and our local partners. Our bid will emphasise local provision, utlising the skills and knowledge of our staff and partners, together with those of the GEO Group, a major international company".

Editors' notes:

1.The GEO Group UK Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The GEO Group Inc., a world-leading private offender management company with strong criminal justice experience in the UK, United States, Australia and South Africa managing over 70,000 offenders. In the UK, GEO operates two Immigration Removal Centres for the Home Office and the Prisoner Escort and Custody Services contract for the Ministry of Justice through its joint venture GEOAmey.

2.Delta Rehabilitation Limited (trading as Delta), is an newly formed not-for- profit staff mutual comprising the staff groups of the current York and North Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire Probation Trusts. It was formed following a ballot of all staff in the Trusts concerned, with over 80% supporting the concept in principle. A fifteen member Staff Council was then elected by the staff to represent their interests and the Staff Council voted unanimously in favour of the Joint Venture with GEO.

3.The Ministry of Justice's Transforming Rehabilitation completion was launched in September 2013, details of which can be found on the Ministry of Justice's website

For more information about the GEO-Delta Joint Venture, please contact:

GEO UK's Press Officer
07710 489048