Whoopsy, it wasn't $210M, it was actually $490M

National has requested an urgent review of the huge spending increases in the building of 4 new prisons.


Corrections said yesterday the two figures could not be compared, as the number of beds in three of the jails had risen significantly in 2003, increasing the cost.

Springhill would now house 650 inmates, instead of 350 as planned in 1999, and Milburn would have 330, up from 220. A new Auckland women’s prison would have 286 beds instead of the 150 planned in 1999. The fourth prison, at Ngawha in Northland, is open, and has 350 beds, as planned.

 I still fail to see how the cost could double when we are only talking about "beds". Beds at best are about $1000 each. 536 more beds than planned at $1000ea is about $536,000, assuming of course no bulk discount.

However I have done some research and I reckon we could use this system. Developed for the US Military they are ultra-strong and more to the point ony $240USD, so at todays exchange rate that is only $353.31 a set.

Therefore I could have doubled the "beds" in the planned prison for only an increase of $189,374.16. Now allow about $5000 for shipping and we are still way under $200,000.



The solution has always been bunks, I mean if it is good enough for soldiers it should be good enough for criminals. The only missing parts are the wobbly three legged stools and eyebolts in the ceilings.


Also I see no reason why prisons shouldn’t be built out of these as well.

Prison Solution


Oh and by the way you lefty sooks and Howard League wowsers, I don’t give a damn what the UN regulations are on prisons. I may start giving a damn when all the other countries in the UN who point, wag fingers and tut-tut do the same.


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