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Press Release: The GEO Group UK Ltd and Innovo (CLM) CIC Announce Partnership for TR Competition

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Press Release: The GEO Group UK Ltd and Innovo (CLM) CIC Announce Partnership for TR Competition

The GEO Group UK Ltd and Innovo (CLM) CIC have today announced that they are to form a Joint Venture to bid for the Ministry of Justice's Transforming Rehabilitation competition in Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Phil Watkins, GEO UK's Managing Director said:

"We are delighted to be announcing our relationship with Innovo today. Innovo is the third staff mutual organisation that GEO has partnered with in the MoJ's Transforming Rehabilitation, following Delta Rehabilitation (North Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire) and Mercia Community Action / Willowdene Farm (West Mercia and Warwickshire).

We share joint values and a vision for transforming the lives of offenders, reducing re-offending and keeping the public safe. Together we have offered the Ministry of Justice an innovative and strong proposition."

Innovo's Director, Geri Byrne-Thompson said:

"The staff who make up Innovo have been managing offenders for many years, helping them to turn their lives around. We are excited by the opportunities this competition brings and are delighted to be working with GEO to build services which will serve the needs of offenders and the local communities of Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside"


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 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. Innovo (CLM) CIC is a not-for- profit community interest company comprising the staff groups of the former Cumbria & Lancashire and Merseyside Probation Trusts.

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

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

GEO UK's Press Officer on 01628 519900 or 07710 489048.