Diddums, do the crime, do the time

Alex Sw(i)ney is crybaby of the week. He’s upset about conditions in prison, where he has just had a short stretch for defrauding Auckland ratepayers.

The NZ Herald runs his sob story:

Convicted fraudster Alex Swney has described prison as a “miserable, punitive, negative experience” where gang members rule.

The disgraced former chief executive of Auckland’s Heart of the City business organisation opened up during a Newshub Nation special on the justice system.

Swney, who was jailed for five years and seven months in June 2015 after being convicted of tax evasion and fraud involving more than $4 million over a decade, was joined on the panel by criminal defence lawyer Stephen Bonnar QC, Paul Dennehy from the Corrections Association and Lance Norman of Hāpai te Hauora.

Bonnar, Norman and Dennehy all agreed that prison should be about rehabilitation and reintegration into society. But Swney said that from his first-hand experience behind bars, he saw few signs of rehabilitation.

“It’s just a miserable, punitive, negative experience,” said the married father-of-two who served most of his sentence at Wiri Prison in South Auckland.

He said it was a place where gangs prosper.

“The place is run by gangs,” Swney said.

“This is their family; this is the safety net they have; this is what they know, and so there are a dozen families, a dozen gangs, and they’re just all pervasive throughout the whole prison system.

“We need to acknowledge the reality of this. We can’t hide behind these platitudes. I’m sorry. The place is broke. We need to fix it up. It starts back in the community. End of quote.

Oh, boohoo. I’m glad it was “miserable, punitive, negative experience”… it means he won’t want to go back anytime soon.

Nothing needs fixing; sounds like it is operating perfectly.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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