The Nats have been forced to call in the good old-fashioned state to clear up Serco’s mess:
Corrections ‘stepping in’ over Serco debacle
The Corrections Department has confirmed plans to take over Serco’s management of Mt Eden Correctional Facility.
Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said this afternoon that a management team would take over the day to day running of the prison from Monday “for the immediate future”.
Serco’s staff would remain on site, but a Corrections Department Prison Director and their team would oversee the prison. …
The government is still talking about salvaging the contract in the longer term. But given the headlines on fight clubs, death, and now this – Exclusive: Prison counsellor hears stories of gang rape in Mt Eden – I think that they would be better off just admitting the failure of the private prisons model.
According to Twitter:
All the stats prior to this had Serco top rated. Were the prior stats false? https://t.co/BewSNB7OOc
— Eric Crampton (@EricCrampton) July 24, 2015
so, while "step-in" clause is in place, surely we wouldn't have to keep paying Serco? Who would sign a contract like that?
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) July 24, 2015
The party that's "good at business" just got screwed by SERCO a few months after being screwed by SkyCity.
— James Cardno (@jamescardno) July 24, 2015
JOHN KEY SAID KELVIN DAVIS WAS LYING! HE SAID PRISONER MAY HAVE THROWN SELF OFF OR TRIPPED! WHERE IS JOHN KEY'S STATEMENT NOW? #FoxyKnows
— Level One Foxy (@FoxyLustyGrover) July 24, 2015