Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Why build a private prison when we have empty beds

PSA Media Release
PSA MEDIA RELEASE
8 March 2012
For Immediate Use

Why build a private prison when we have empty beds in public ones?

Today’s announcement that the Government is going ahead with plans to build a private prison at Wiri is beyond comprehension, says the PSA.

Crime rates are down, projected prison numbers are down by over 3,000 and we have 1,200 empty beds in prisons across the country. The last thing we need is a new 960 bed privately built and run prison.

“This Government is impacting on services to New Zealanders by cutting jobs right across the public sector, yet it’s prepared to spend $900 million to build and operate a prison that we don’t even need,” says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.

“Pressure is on other areas of the Justice system to make savings; every police district has been asked to cut budgets by 5 per cent and national headquarters and the police college have been asked to find 15 percent. This is not a time to throw around money that is badly needed in other areas.

“The so-called cost effectiveness that Finance Minister Bill English talks of can only be achieved by the contractor paying poor wages and employing less staff. Overseas studies have found that projected savings evaporated and that privately managed prisons scored bacly on security and maintaining order and control.

“The most efficient action to take is not to build a new private prison at Wiri and to put money into the Justice system where it can be most effectively used.

“Early intervention programmes are much cheaper than sending someone to prison.

“With Police moving resources into preventative crime and aiming at a 19 per cent drop in people passing through the justice system in the next few years, surely there’s a better investment for society than a prison we don’t need,” says Richard Wagstaff.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Water, Pests, Erosion...: Commissioner Releases Mixed Report Card On Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment. “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues to face up to” said Dr Jan Wright. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Private Schools Beneficiaries Of Extra Cash

“Not only did this year’s Budget freeze operational funding for state schools, but 86 per cent of secondary school principals say they don’t get enough funding, and the demand for school donations from parents is rising at 10 times the rate of inflation... Now we’ve got Hekia Parata proposing more cash for private schools." More>>

ALSO:

Shop Hours Bill Second Reading: Government Blocks Easter Trading Petition

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shewan Inquiry Into Our Tax Haven Rules

Like the political equivalent of lithium, Prime Minister John Key is routinely administered to dull any politically dangerous mood swings amidst the general public... More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

As Govt Cuts Lobby Anti-Smoking Group Funds: On The Nation - Plain Packaging Debate

Imperial Tobacco leaves open possibility of law suit against New Zealand government if plain packaging is introduced, as planned. Says it’s a “last resort” but “of course we will defend the right to use our brands”. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news