We’ve already seen criticism of the move by National to introduce private prisons (eg. NZ Herald editorial). Now the soon-to-depart prison boss, Barry Matthews has indicated that he too has his doubts. According to the DomPost:
Yesterday, he said he was undecided about whether private companies could deliver a cheaper or better service. He also admitted he had initial concerns that a ban on smoking would lead to conflict in jails.
“I’m ambivalent about it. I know there’s a lot of claims that it’s cheaper, more efficient and innovative and we’ll need to see if that eventually comes to be….
The Government announced in May that the Mt Eden-Auckland Central Remand Prison would be run privately. The deadline for tenders is in two weeks and Mr Matthews will report back to Corrections Minister Judith Collins.
Is this a case of another experienced head deciding they don’t like the direction of the current National administration?