I’m sorry, but I see little to celebrate in this unbelievable result in the sudden drop in prison numbers…
The Great Escape – prison crisis eases after Corrections thinks outside the cell
The stressed prison network has had a Great Escape – a string of innovations allowing inmates and those charged with crimes better access to justice services has seen a huge fall in inmate numbers.
Our prisons now have 1000 fewer inmates than official projections and the prison population – around 10,200 – has fallen by 600 people in the past six months.
The changes haven’t involved keeping out of prison any people who should have been locked up.
Instead, it has seen “embarrassingly simple” wrinkles ironed out of the system which appear to have improved people’s access to justice.
…so let’s get this straight. We have been needlessly locking up 600 each year because Corrections didn’t give a fuck? Like they didn’t give a fuck when they miscalculated prisoner end dates? Like they didn’t give a fuck when they double bunked rapists? Like they didn’t give a fuck when they tortured prisoners?
So when Corrections do the basic service we demand of them, we shout with joy do we?
What exactly is there to celebrate here? Basic competency or should we be incandescent with rage that once again the Public Service is failing the most vulnerable?
This is similar to the extraordinary MSD revelation that they were wrongly disqualifying 20% of beneficiaries of welfare…
Holding up a pitiful 20% reduction on a policy of spite and cruelty without any reflection on the 20% that have been wrongfully kicked off welfare that number must then represent on the same day another atrocity from IRD & WINZ towards beneficiaries has just been exposed right after the horror the meth hysteria perpetrated against Housing NZ tenants IS NOT A REASON TO CELEBRATE!
…which is like the clusterfuck at Housing NZ where $100million was wasted, thousands of beneficiaries thrown onto the street and a pittance offered in reparation.
These public servants who suddenly find the ability to treat the most vulnerable with dignity without any change to policy should be sacked not celebrated, what the fuck were you doing in the first place?
The neoliberal welfare state agencies are the enemy, not the solution and if Labour MPs and Green MPs continue to allow themselves to be manipulated and captured by the Ministries then they should be voted out in 2020. We require leadership not public service incompetence.