It’s hard to believe isn’t it… CareNZ continues to take public funds to provide under-resourced programmes for Prisoners and continues to get rid of qualified, experienced Counsellors at the cost of thousands of taxpayers dollars. All the while saying they find it hard to attract Counsellors to explain the reason why they are constantly under-staffed.
Perhaps their Chairperson can explain why even more Counsellors may have been sent on their way for speaking up against shoddy practices of the leadership in CareNZ.
And how are they getting away with spending Public funds for lawyers to cover up their dubious employment practices, when it is against the Public Finance Act to spend taxpayers money on anything than what it was given to them for.
Perhaps the Member of Parliament responsible for Corrections and the Auditor General need to undertake a forensic audit of CareNZ funds along with a full accounting of how many dollars allocated for Counselling services for Prisoners got spent on Employment Consultants and Lawyers. If indeed they are found to have spent Public funds for purposes other than what it was given to them for then they must be made accountable under the law and face the consequences of breaking it, just like anyone else certainly would be.
Arthur Taylor is a prisoner rights advocate and is TDBs blogger inside prison.