View Full Version : Public-private prison to be 'culture shift'

New Zealand Herald
20-09-2012, 07:13 PM
Serco, which will operate New Zealand's first prison to be run as a public-private partnership says it takes the responsibility seriously."We recognise the trust placed in us", Serco managing director Paul Mahoney said at a sod-turning...

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Bill (of Rights)
23-09-2012, 01:23 PM
Governments should not be in the business of running businesses.

Governments should not run veterinarian services (they used to), train sets, secure motels (prisons), chemist shops, road repair squads (they used to), preschools, WoF testing stations, mines, airlines, ships, and many many more that governments currently run.

Yes, Serco have a few teething problems, but they got heavily fined for them. If the same mistakes had occurred among public servants, no-one would have been made accountable to the ultimate owner, the taxpayer. Serco on the other hand has has to stump up hundreds of thousands of dollars to account to the taxpayer, with the result that everything will be done to avoid similar errors. Better product, at less cost. Who can complain?

That said, $100,000+ per prisoner per year is still outrageous.