Overnight the Tip line here at The Daily Blog has been swamped by former prison guards, current prison guards and former inmates contacting us with information about what has been happening inside Serco.
The abuse is horrifying and how this has managed to continue with absolutely no oversight from the Government is the sort of corporate dystopia that gives you nightmares.
The Government have hushed this all up because they have invested a billion dollars into this right wing experiment and they can’t pull out now, they are also betting that NZers hatred and anger towards prisoners won’t generate any political fall out for them.
These are the comments of abuse inside Serco that we have received over night…
TDB: Are these abuses a Serco issue or a Public Prison issue?
ANON 1: No, it’s definitely Serco. In public prisons they aren’t even allowed to spar. I have heard first hand from prisoners, everywhere from vulnerable small guys to one violent Black Power Sergeant at Arms who was keen till he went to Serco and even he said it was too much. I have been making phone calls to complain about this since 2012.
TDB: Why is this happening at Serco?
ANON 2: I see a fight starting in the yard and you press a panic button and make a radio call and a few dozen staff arrive in less than a minute. At Serco, it happens and there’s like one or two staff are expected to go into a yard of 50 plus prisoners. Not safe!!
A former Prisoner has also contacted us…
TDB: How bad is it inside Serco?
ANON 3: I was state ward when i was 14, and off to prison as soon as eligible at 17. Been in and out of jail all my life. Seen everything you can imagine and some. Was in napier hill ’87 when a prisoner escaped after smashing an officers head open with an iron bar – I saw it all. Thats just one example. Was in Serco feb to march this year – saw all sorts of shit. Serco needs to be accountable. My nephew(19yrs) was in serco a couply weeks ago and was forced to participate in contender fights for his life.
…let’s not forget that the National Party stripped prisoners of their right to vote in elections so that they have no way to even resist these types of systems of control over them.
TDB will be bringing more on this story over the next week as it cuts to the fundamental issues this country faces – the privatisation of social services that are the obligation of the State.
A country should be judged on how it treats its lowest members – fight clubs where the staff bet on the outcomes suggests NZs veneer of civility is a sick joke.