Is it just me, or is the lack of an outcry from various right-leaning commentators about this just a little concerning? If the department themselves had made the mistake the usual suspects would have been all over it as an example of something that should have been contracted out to private enterprise. Because private enterprise is always better. I disagree.
Today I'm in a charitable mood. I think the people running the course made an honest, yet stupid and avoidable, mistake. Could the same mistake have been made if the course was not run by private enterprise? Yes. Should there be more contracting out in the prison service? Based on this example alone, emphatically no.