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Prisons to be upgraded (and sold)

On 17th March 2011, parliament question time……

JACQUI DEAN (National—Waitaki) to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been made toward the Government’s commitment to encourage private sector investment in the New Zealand corrections system?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS (Minister of Corrections) : I am very pleased to report that three private sector consortia have been invited to tender for the provision of a new men’s prison at Wiri through a public-private partnership. The new facility will ensure that there are enough beds to cope with the forecast growth in prisoner numbers and the need to replace ageing prisons. The three consortia are led by experienced international prison management companies and each one includes a major New Zealand construction partner. A number of other New Zealand firms are members of, and advisers to, the consortia. It is expected that a final contract with the successful consortium will be in place by July 2012.

Jacqui Dean: What benefits will the new prison bring to the local community and to the wider region?

Hon JUDITH COLLINS: The 960-bed prison is a major project for the Auckland region and will bring significant economic benefits to the local community. It is expected that the development will inject approximately $1.2 billion into the region’s economy over the next 30 years. The construction and ongoing operation of the prison is expected to sustain 1,900 jobs and inject approximately $100 million in wages and salaries into the construction sector.

Business leaders are optimistic that a government signal of plans to sell shares in several state-owned enterprises, while keeping a control of them, will be acceptable to voters.

It’s not difficult to understand how New Zealand’s politicians can be stupid for they’ve created conflict that corners themselves. Rightwing is for personal greed, private investment into anything one can make money from while left wing is usually for unions and human rights, yet in this case they conflict because it’s men’s prisons we are talking about and while their feminist groups want men in prisons for long periods, their cultural groups want men doing programs and to stay less time in prison.

El Diario-La Prensa from Global Research, writes a neat piece on March 10, 2008.

The article is well worth reading as it shows how this multimillion dollar business is the fastest growing in America, and like finding a ‘pot of gold’ for investors. Turning prisons into business has allowed tycoons to almost monopolise other industries through slave like human resource, and with politicians expanding laws to criminalise men daily, and women’s groups alongside other interest groups lobbying for longer sentences, …. the prison industry is constantly feed for growth.

Like America, New Zealand has adopted 3 strikes and you’re out. The passage in 13 states of the “three strikes” laws (life in prison after being convicted of three felonies), made it necessary to build 20 new federal prisons. One of the most disturbing cases resulting from this measure was that of a prisoner who for stealing a car and two bicycles received three 25-year sentences.

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