Serco Crusher is on the job

Newly-reinstated Corrections Minister Judith Collins says the under fire private prison operator Serco must “front up” over the fiasco at the Mt Eden jail.

In a direct message to the private prison management Ms Collins says as the minister in charge she will be expecting a different result in the future.

“What happened in Mt Eden was totally unacceptable and it won’t be happening again as far as I’m concerned,” Ms Collins told Paul Henry.

Describing her reappointment to the tough portfolio as her “dream job” Ms Collins said she would be looking at reports and meeting with prison management to discuss troubled Auckland correctional facility.

Serco have one chance to get this right.  They can either go on a rather public Mea Cupla / charm campaign and make Collins look like the winner she is, or she’s going to turf them out for being useless.  Either way, Collins will chalk up a win.  

Asked what Serco management needed to do she said: “Front up. Come and meet me and I’ll have a look at the reports.

“I’ll be fair but I want a better outcome for New Zealanders.”

She said she wanted to be briefed and appraised of the facts before making further comment on Serco’s performance.

But she was heartened by the good reports coming out of other Serco-run facilities, including the newly-opened South Auckland Corrections Facility at Wiri.

The Government needs Serco to turn this around.  So unless they are completely incapable, they’ll put the extra effort in to get this right.   National’s programmes of privatisation are not going to benefit from a Serco fail, so a strong minister and a concerted effort by Serco will see this puppy put to sleep.

That leaves the crim huggers on the other side of the house with a rising star that has nothing to do.


– NZ Herald, via Mediaworks

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