More bad news for fans of private prisons:
Kelvin Davis: ‘The whole Serco experiment has failed’
A Serco prison guard is under investigation following claims he was involved in a jailhouse fight with a Mt Eden Prison inmate. The Government was forced to take control of the privately run jail last month when evidence of assaults and contraband emerged. … Now a potential knock-out blow – a claim one of their own, a guard, has been fighting it out too, with an inmate.
This latest twist has authorities ducking for cover. Serco refuses to provide details of when and how this latest allegation came to light or if any other prison guards are involved.
The public mess that Serco has made of Mt Eden has done us all a favour by serving up some warnings of what happens when privatised services go wrong. Its informing the debate before NZ heads any further down this path.