Serco circus has no place in NZ

A High Court judgment proves National’s private prison agenda has failed and the Serco circus has no place in New Zealand correctional facilities, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.

“The Minister of Corrections must end the privatisation experiment immediately as the ruling proves Serco operates a culture of secrecy and bad management.

“Serco lost the right to keep secret the Chief Inspectorate’s 92-page report which shows widespread and regular organised gang-related fight clubs and a lack of access to legal representation.

“The fact these failings continued for so long under National illustrates their own incompetence, lack of oversight and blind ideological obsession with privatisation.

“Judith Collins created this mess by backing Serco right from the start. In 2010 she said:

“Serco has a strong track record in managing prisons. I'm confident that the company will bring the high standards of professionalism, safety, rehabilitation and security expected by the Government to Mt Eden/ACRP.”

“The Minister was wrong and needs to rule out Mt Eden being re-privatised. The Government must give Serco the boot from Wiri before any more prisoners are hurt or denied justice,” Kelvin Davis says.