How Serco pulled the wool over Corrections and Mt Eden was rated as ‘exceptional’

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In 2012, the Corrections Department began comparing the effectiveness of its 17 prisons. Since then each prison has been ranked under one of four categories: ‘Needs Improvement’, ‘Effective’, ‘Exceeding’ or ‘Exceptional’ and the results are published every three months in the Prison Performance Tables.

Serc0Reports about fight clubs in Mt Eden prison, run by Serco, also go back to 2012. In September that year, TV3 reported on a former inmate who claimed that prisoners were running a ‘fight club’.  At the time, the Corrections Department said complaints about violence were “easy to make but difficult to investigate”.  So they didn’t bother – even though section 199F(2) of the Corrections Act was amended to enable  the Department to appoint monitors in contracted prisons who shall have…

free and unfettered access at all times to every part of the contract prison managed by that contractor; and all prisoners in that…

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