Monday, May 7, 2012

Privatization Issues in New Zealand

Unfortunately for prisoners of the world, the private industry is not relegated to the United States.  New Zealand is one of a handful of other countries that allows private companies to operate prisons, but their results aren't much better than what we see here in the states.  Officials have noticed a couple of "worrying trends," including poor management of facilities and escapes, at a prison operated by Serco.  This has some calling for a reconsideration of the government's plan to house up to a quarter of its prisoners in private prisons.  The facility has also suffered from a high rate of drug test failures among employees, which might explain the prisoners they mistakenly released.

1 comment:

  1. Kat Brady08 May, 2012

    I wrote an article for KOHA Magazine in NZ that tells of Hawai`i's dilemma...

    Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware)
    A Cautionary Tale from Hawaii
    By Kat Brady
    Published: March 1, 2011