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Minister must stop prison privatisation failure

Published: Mon 4 Apr 2016 01:08 PM
Kelvin Davis
MP for Te Tai Tokerau
Spokesperson for Corrections
MEDIA STATEMENT
4 April 2016
Minister must stop prison privatisation failure
The Government’s announcement that Serco will pay back some of the profits made from mismanaging our prisons is confirmation that National’s privatisation experiment is a complete failure, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“This shows just how much of a mess Judith Collins created and she should admit it’s failed.
“The Minister created this mess five years ago when she last held the Corrections portfolio and claimed Serco was the perfect solution to our prison management.
“Judith Collins then said Serco had a strong track record in managing prisons and was quoted as saying ‘I’m confident that the company will bring the high standards of professionalism, safety, rehabilitation and security expected by the Government’.
“She was wrong. Corrections will continue to manage Mt Eden with Serco providing personnel until March next year. This isn’t ideal.
“Judith Collins should confirm that she’s not going to carry on with National’s privatisation agenda and place Mt Eden Corrections Facility under Government control,” says Kelvin Davis.
ENDS

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