"Channel 4 News can reveal for the first time the location of all 150 bail hostels run by the private company Clearsprings that won the government contract to to house low risk offenders on early release from prison or on bail. Opponents say the hostels - mainly regular houses in ordinary streets - are being opened without consultation with local residents and, unlike probation service hostels, don't provide 24-hour supervision of their residents. Our political correspondent, Cathy Newman, has been to Enfield in north London, where at least 13 of the hostels have opened in the most deprived part of the borough. Enfield says it was dismayed to find it has no fewer than 13 bail hostels run by Clearsprings. Councillor Ertan Hurer says the local authority wasn't consulted and worries about a public backlash. So why pick on Enfield? Councillors suspect it is because it is cheap to rent houses here, so Clearsprings saves money. They have written to the government complaining a sudden influx of offenders just out of jail risks exacerbating an existing problem with drugs and gang violence. Channel 4 News visited some of the Enfield hostels. Householders who had met their new neighbours complained about noise and anti-social behaviour. Those who hadn't were alarmed at what might lie ahead. In bail hostels run by the public sector there's at least one supervisor on site 24 hours a day. But the government insists people in Clearsprings hostels don't need supervision because they're not a big risk to the public." http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/bail+hostels+planned+for+poor+areas/2110547 You could not make it up.