It has been announced that the unfortunate experiment with Serco running Mount Eden Prison is now to end. From the Herald:
Private prison operator Serco’s contract to run the troubled Mt Eden Corrections Facility will not be renewed.
The company’s contract is up for review, and Corrections chief executive Ray Smith has recommended that it should not be extended beyond next year.
The Herald understands that the Cabinet has now approved Mr Smith’s recommendation.
Serco executives were informed of the decision last night, and staff at the Mt Eden prison are being told this afternoon.
The British stock exchange, where Serco is listed, has also been notified. It shares had already slumped earlier this week because of news of other lost contracts.
It appears that the 25 year Wiri contract will continue. The granting of such a long term contract needs further investigation.
Congratulations to Kelvin Davis whose work in highlighting what was really happening at ACRP has given the Government no choice but to end the contract.