All jails to become ‘working prisons’ under National
More prisoners will be put to work and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government.
Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley says the working prisons model will be expanded from the current three to 16 prisons by 2017, meaning all public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons.
We love to be sadists in this country when it comes to tough on crime rhetoric. We have been so easily led by a mainstream media that has a myopic focus on the most brutal of crimes with a ‘if it bleeds it leads’ manta.
Reason left the debate regarding prison a long time ago, vast swaths of NZ won’t be happy till prisoners are in orange jump suits in chain gangs breaking rocks on the side of the road singing ‘old man river’.
The move to privatise prisons demands and requires the forced labour model to generate profits and that is why we are seeing the public prisons now moving towards forced prison labour.
What the mainstream media haven’t told people is that National changed the parole laws so that if a prisoner doesn’t agree to work, they can’t get parole so prisoners will be forced into prison labour if they want to be eligible for parole.
How legitimate business will manage to compete with the cheapness of forced labour is anyones guess, but in a nation that has been so blinded by revenge by groups like the Sensible Sentencing Glee Club, we don’t care about prisoners even though what is generating this forced prison labour model are private prisons.
We are turning pour prisons into forced work camps. This is what happens when spite becomes social policy.