Crusher making her play for Minister of the Month again

The first shipping containers converted into cells will be ready to house prisoners from April and Corrections Minister Judith Collins says it is possible the pilot will be expanded as pressure comes on the prison muster.

Ms Collins today toured the first container crate prison wing at Rimutuka Prison in the Hutt Valley, saying it was coming in on time and on budget to hold 60 prisoners.

Can’t wait to see them in action, though I could be seeing them from the inside.

Each 12.2m long container has been converted into three insulated and heated cells with two bunks, a toilet, shelving and a small table, all constructed out of steel.

Once completed there will be two shower blocks and a guards office – also built out of containers – laid out on a concrete square with a verandah roof around the inside of the wing.

Windows in the cells will look into the enclosed grass area.

Ok I’ve found a way to save even more cash and really leap Crusher way ahead of everyone else. I don’t think we need insulation, heating, or windows.

“It is about a $5 million budget and that is a 40 percent save on a normal build. This is a pilot though and they tend to be a bit more expensive. Also we needed these beds quickly so what we haven’t done is use prisoners to help built the units and should we do this in the future we would expect to use prisoners.”

A forty percent save on a pilot! Perhaps Minister Collins might like to take some other ministers aside for a talking to about how to save money by thinking outside of the bureaucrats box.

Asked how likely it was the container cell concept would be expanded, Ms Collins said: “So far it looks pretty good, but it is a pilot and what we need to do is always evaluate how we are spending the money. Certainly at this stage it looks pretty good and we may well do more of this.”

Great stuff. Build more, faster and cheaper than concrete, then knock down all the shit holes sitting on prime real estate and sell the land for mega bucks.

With Crusher Collins doing a splendid job in Corrections and with the police it is little wonder that The Whale is hearing squeaks of “Creepy” Cosgrove ditching early to run for Christchurch mayor.

  • becn

    "Can’t wait to see them in action, though I could be see­ing them from the inside."

    Planning a tour WO? I'm not aware of you being charged with anything carrying even a single day inside one of those. Or is there something you're suppressing from us hmmmmm

    oh wait … contempt of court was mentioned and I think jails an option there. so ok I guess.

  • http://oswaldbastable.blogspot.com/ Oswald Bastable

    FAR flasher than the barracks I have lived in!

    They look like minimum/low medium cells.

    Can’t imagine why they lined a perfectly good container- or put windows in it!

    An extra blanket would be a lot cheaper than insulation- and don’t forget the strong hook on the ceiling!

  • Scuba Steve

    I say skip this waste of money & bring on "Tent City"!!!

  • Dea

    I bet WO wouldn't like seeing her in charge of social welfare though, imagine the axe she would take to those leeching on the sickness benfit.

  • petal

    I think every cell should have a rope and a hook and a notice about helping the struggling NZ tax payers :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/peterwn peterwn

    I could not see the door, but I hope Corrections will put a waist high hatch on all future cell doors so prisoners can be handcuffed behind their backs if need be before the door is unlocked.

  • http://thenzhomeoffice.blogspot.com/ XChequer

    Sod, off Cosgrove. Keep your twisted, mangled morals away from my city.

  • Blackie

    To be applauded and great if the numbers are factual but I feel I must call "bullshit " on this one. This is like comparing a BMW to a moped and claiming they both provide transport. These things are essentially constructed as a prefabs and fitted out with steel which is currently fluctuating wildly in price – up to 40% in the last 2 years alone. Containers are notoriously difficult and expensive to fitout as accommodation of any type – good luck getting unskilled prison labour to build them to any sort of lasting standard that will last more than 5 minutes.
    I predict these things wont last 5 years before they are either trashed or so rundown that they have to be repaired and/or refitted at twice the price of building them in the first place. I bet the day to day maintenance and operation costs costs are also over the odds. I hope I'm wrong but I fear poor crusher has been sold a lemon. Great electoral cycle orientated politics though.

    • Sinner

      You really don't get it do you, you lefty cunt.

      ontainers are notoriously difficult and expensive to fitout as accommodation of any type – good luck getting unskilled prison labour to build them to any sort of lasting standard that will last more than 5 minutes

      they're for crims. we don't care about standards..

      I predict these things wont last 5 years before they are either trashed or so rundown that they have to be repaired and/or refitted at twice the price of building them in the first plac

      They'll last 50 years with no repair or repaint or refurb. Thats the point. You've done the crim, you'll do the time, you'll shut up and not whinge – and if your family doesn't keep up the payments, the nice cops will charge them one final account for a 9mm parabellum.

      ontainers are notoriously difficult and expensive to fitout as accommodation of any type – good luck getting unskilled prison labour to build them to any sort of lasting standard that will last more than 5 minutes.

      who the fuck cares – its only crims that have to live in 'em.

      Ok I’ve found a way to save even more cash and really leap Crusher way ahead of every one else. I don’t think we need insu la tion, heat ing, or windows.

      what the fuck is wrong with razor wire anyway?

      The real point is: why the fuck should my taxes be used in any way at all to house these crims? and feed them etc?

      Crims should pay for their own incarceration. At the very most, give 'em "interest free loans" to cover their food & board. Why should crims get a better deal even than whinging lefty student whiners??

      OF course I think that crims should have to pay the full cost of their sentance up front. Failure to do so – bang.

      • blackie

        Loosen your tie you tool – its cutting off the oxygen supply to your feeble brain and diminishing your already limited comprehension skills.
        My post was not on the standard of living for criminals – it was on the proposition that these buildings are saving us money. I dont like my taxes being spent on crims any more than you do. I especially dislike it being wasted on band aid solutions that will end up costing just as much – if not more – than the supposed savings. I am not suggesting any sort of luxury – only that if you want to build cheaply and have those savings realised over the life of the structure then the container solution is likely to be successful.

        • blackie

          … UNlikely to be successful. F….g sausage fingers.

  • Sinner

    Hell yeah!

    But then of course I think that every prisoner should pay the full cost of their incarceration.
    Or the use of the hook is no longer voluntary

  • Titan-Uranus

    Any chance there could be a "mistake" once these containers are full and they could get "accidentally"loaded onto a ship on a one way trip to antarctica?

  • Rob

    Lets save two birds with one stone,1. replace the toilet with a bucket and 2.give the prisoners something to do like empty it. Good thought uranus. We could contract out our prisons to a third world country and save heaps in the short-term and even more in the long-term, with the drop in reoffending rates. Plus using containers and regular ships you would not have to build a specialist prison ship.

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