Just a quick follow up on some of the news coming out of New Zealand regarding its Mt. Eden prison, which is run by Serco, probably the largest non-US based private prison operator in the world. The prison and the company have come under tremendous scrutiny in recent months for its poor operation of the facility. It was recently discovered that the company failed to meet at least 40% of the targets in its contract with the government. As more information came out, it was determined that the company failed to meet at least half of its performance goals; and that among its management issues in the past year were wrongful releases and detentions, and an escape. Less than 1/3 of the prisoners had a classification plan within the target time frame; the contract targeted a rate of 90%.
So it's not just in the US that private companies epically fail to meet their contractual obligations to run prisons. I suppose that should make me feel better, but it doesn't.