Now is an opportunity for Society to really debate what is going on in our prisons, because the Public Service Prison’s are broken as well.
We don’t care about prisoners in NZ. It takes too much thinking to really appreciate how broken our society is and we are not a nation who likes thinkers. Our negative egalitarianism mixed with garden variety bigotry towards Maori and Pacific Islanders gets whipped up be a crime ratings driven myopic media who sensationalise crimes despite the crime rate dropping over the last 20 years.
This media attention gets people angry and that anger gets manipulated by politicians and lynch mobs like the Sensible Sentencing for their own ends. Private prisons are just the latest mutation when hate becomes social policy.
No politician ever got punished at the polls for screaming ‘lock em up and throw away the key’.
The Government had no option other than to step in and take over management of Serco, because while this was all being denied a week ago, the line up of allegations are so extreme and never ending now, the Government were in no other position.
The claim we have any power to tell Serco what to do when they have such an appalling corruption and prisoner abuse rates overseas seems ludicrously optimistic.
That we have a Government who stripped Prisoner’s of their rights to vote (a decision that has been heavily criticised this week in a Judicial declaration) and no one even noticed or cared is a perfect example of the contempt we pay for those chewed up by the ‘justice’ system.
Jimmy Akuhata. Kid from Whangarei… Protected at Ngawha without a problem. Sent to SERCO… Dropped head first off the landing. One tiny incident report stating nothing. His trial, and justice, held up by two years and almost didn’t happen as his brain damage took that long to heal for him to be fit to stand trial.
If you judge a society on how they treat their worst, we are a callous, easily led population manipulated by our anger via a media more interested in ratings heat than shedding light.