A case for privatisation?

Every time a prisoner escapes or something bad happens at a private prison, Labour and their feeder unions claim this is why the government and only the government needs to be put in charge of all prisons and why outsourcing prisons is a bad idea.

Surely then this photo epitomises the failure of state-run prison?

Fire at Spring Hill prison. Photo: Fairfax

Fire at Spring Hill prison. Photo: Fairfax

A “gang related” riot that left three Corrections staff and two prisoners injured and caused significant damage to Spring Hill prison in Waikato has now been suppressed.

Twenty seven inmates ran free in the courtyards of two cellblocks, lighting fires and smashing the facilities for more than eight hours.

The riot started around 11am and was suppressed by Corrections staff and police around 8pm.

Three Corrections staff were left with broken bones and two prisoners with undisclosed injuries.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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