After a few teething issues it appears the private prison…you know without the union staff…is performing exceptionally well compared with their union controlled competition.
Private prison operator Serco is outperforming most public prisons in league tables which measure prison escapes, positive drug tests and rates of violence and rehabilitation.
The Corrections Department published the performance grades for New Zealand’s 17 prisons for the first time in a bid for greater transparency and accountability.
The tables showed six prisons had exceeded performance targets, eight were operating “effectively”, and three needed improvement.Â
Mt Eden Corrections Facility, which is managed by British-based company Serco, was in the top tier of prisons, as it was exceeding its targets on reducing assaults, positive drug tests and complaints.
The operator had a patchy start to its $300 million contract at Mt Eden, with a poor record of escapes and prisoner-on-prisoner assaults.
Corrections Minister Anne Tolley said: “They’ve made a huge improvement over the last six months. They had a rough introduction, but there’s some things we could really learn from them.”
Christchurch Men’s Prison and Rimutaka Prison, which had similar security profiles and populations to Mt Eden, were in a lower performance ranking in the league tables.
Not to mention Hawke’s Bay Prison which got the wooden spoon.
There is a financial incentive for Serco to lift their game, they get substantial fines for contract breaches and escapes. Â There is no incentive whatsoever for the state run prisons…I predict that Serco will not top the league tablesÂ consistently.
Does Labour still want to remove private prisons?