News that Corrections has considered engaging Serco to run pop-up prisons to cope with New Zealand’s overflowing prisoner muster shows the Government has learned nothing from past mistakes, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“Serco should be the last organisation Corrections engages to take care of anyone let alone prisoners. They've only just got the boot from one multi-million dollar prison contract by under-performing and now they’re being considered to run pop-up prisons.
“The Government is clearly comfortable with pouring more money into a bottomless prison pit because it's easier to provide a pop-up prison than to rehabilitate and reintegrate prisoners in order to reduce offending.
“Minister Collins must learn from the Serco circus mistakes and properly address the expanding prison population numbers.
“Judith Collins needs to be smarter with crime-stopping solutions because National’s tough on crime approach has proven to be a complete moral and fiscal failure.
“Labour would never allow pop-up prisons. The Government's passion for prisons, both permanent and pop-up, will see more taxpayers money poured into a bottomless pit and must be stopped now,” says Kelvin Davis.