Private Prisons don't work - just like we said they didn't
Well, well, well. What do we have here...
Serco failing to meet Mt Eden prison targets
Private prison operator Serco has failed to meet half of its performance targets since taking over Auckland's Mt Eden Prison.
A report card on Serco's performance released today reveals three inmates were wrongly released, one escaped and there were three wrongful detentions.
The percentage of sentenced prisoners with an appropriate plan in place within required timeframes was only 28 per cent - two thirds lower than the 90 per cent target.
Of 37 targets Serco was to meet in the nine months to April half weren't met.
... as this blog has tirelessly pointed out, the 2009 select committee into the privatization of prisons heard from the head of private prison provider, GEO, that the mixed model would NOT save any money.
Allowing a corporation like SERCO, who run the appalling detention camps in Australia and the worst prisons in Britain to gain a foothold here is tantamount to allowing a tumor to grow unmolested by surgery. SERCO have a record of abusing prisoners and the Mt Eden franchise as the evidence now shows is a joke looking for a punchline.
Privatizing prisons not only ends up costing us more, but it warps the incentives of incarceration into a profit motive which equals more prisoners. We have to get off this crazy path before the Government sinks a billion into this new private prison.
Why build a 900 bed $1billion private prison at Wiri when we will have almost 4000 free prison beds when it's finished?
Is this how Paula Bennett intends to lower the unemployment rate?
This is a failure and the ones who implemented it - the Government - must take full responsibility for this failure.