SERCO at Wiri is forcing segregated Prisoners to sign permission to move them into the mainstream prison population or face 23hour lockdown every day.
SERCO make their money by having incredibly low guard to prisoner ratios and segregated prisoners require more attention. SERCO are getting around this by threatening segregated prisoners with 23hour a day lock down if they don’t sign permission slips to go into the mainstream muster where they are open to abuse, stand over tactics, violence and sexual assault.
This is a disgraceful abuse of power by SERCO and it’s generated because the contract we signed with them means they charge us for every one of their 960 beds even if there are no prisoners in them. The pressure comes onto Corrections to find prisoners to fill those cells because we are paying for them regardless. This means SERCO coerce vulnerable prisoners into mainstream prison populations to maximise their profits.
This is just the latest abuse of power by SERCO and Opposition MPs should immediately use sections 161 & 162 of the Corrections Act to investigate the situation to see if SERCO are forcing vulnerable prisoners into mainstream muster by threatening them with draconian imprisonment.
Punishing prisoners for needing safety inside prison is a recipe for abuse. Opposition MPs need to move on this now.