GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – Keeping Jails full to honour SERCO contract

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I’ve attached an article below. It’s American and a bit dated but it rings true in this country TODAY. Read it and you’ll understand how Serco and our own government have screwed us. Then join us in the MARCH ON PARLIAMENT 1PM 6 DEC 2018 to ask the question …

I’ve attached an article below. It’s American and a bit dated but it rings true in this country TODAY. Read it and you’ll understand how Serco and our own government have screwed us. Then join us in the MARCH ON PARLIAMENT 1PM 6 DEC 2018 to ask the question …

How come SERCO gets a “guaranteed occupancy” contract to keep the brothers in, but MAN UP & LEGACY can’t get a contract to get the brothers out, and keep them out?

Here’s the full article

by Terry Shropshire

Low crime rates bad for business for private prisons; they demand states keep them full
The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.

And guess what? The private prisons, which are holding cash-starved states hostage, are getting away with it, says advocacy group, In the Public Interest.

In the Public Interest has reviewed more than 60 contracts between private prison companies and state and local governments across the country, and found language mentioning “quotas” for prisoners in nearly two-thirds of those contracts reviewed. Those quotas can range from a mandatory occupancy of, for example, 70% occupancy in California to up to 100% in some prisons in Arizona.

It is very interesting and telling that so few major national news organization are willing to report on the monstrous, ravenous and criminal system that is devouring hundreds of thousands of black and brown boys. Even those who do not subscribe to conspiracy theories have looked askance at this shocking report.

Welcome to the greatest manifestation of modern-day slavery, ladies and gentlemen.

One of those private prisons, The Corrections Corporation of America, made an offer last year to the governors of 48 states to operate their prisons on 20-year contracts, according to In the Public Interest.
What makes these deals so odious and unscrupulous? Take a look:

1) The offer included a demand that those prisons remain 90 percent full for the duration of the operating agreement. You know what that means: if there are not enough prisoners then there will be an unspoken push for police to arrest more people and to have the courts send more to prison for petty, frivolous and nonviolent crimes. There will also be a “nudge” for judges to hand down longer or maximum sentences to satisfy this “quota.”

2) Private prison companies have also backed measures such as “three-strike” laws to maintain high prison occupancy.

3) When the crime rate drops so low that the occupancy requirements can’t be met, taxpayers are left footing the bill for unused facilities.

The report found that 41 of 62 contracts reviewed contained occupancy requirements, with the highest occupancy rates found in Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia.

In Colorado, Democratic Gov. John Hinklooper agreed to close down five state-run prisons and instead send inmates to CCA’s three corrections facilities. That cost taxpayers at least $2 million to maintain the unused facilities.

It is getting more difficult to rationalize the societal cost of keeping prisons full just to satisfy private investors who treat prisoners as commodity and cattle.


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  1. Michelle says:

    yes we need to get rid of serco they can f..k of they are all about money not people or rehab its not in there best business interest we have become a little America thank god we don’t have those national mongrels in power anymore and hopefully never again

  2. Mjolnir says:

    The only word I can use to describe those contracted quotas is CRIMINAL. criminal because they were accepted by state authorities. Criminal because the medua have not picked up on it. And criminal because people are ignorant to what is taking place. This is like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie.

    • John W says:

      100% plus more.

      NACT agenda of privatising everything has made giant in rodes to our social fabric and further accelerated decay of the egalitarian dream Kiwis one held.

      The slime ball john key is but another puppet in a long chain of liberators for the international investors at mounting cost to Kiwis.

  3. Siobhan says:

    “Brian Tamaki blaming gays, murderers and sinners for earthquakes”…
    yep, great guy, very, um, ‘manly’ world view.. And if you think about it, just as messed up as SERCO, maybe Destiny and SERCO could swap handy hints on ‘minimizing’ tax obligations? …so maybe you’re right, they should get a contract to work in prisons, a match made in ‘heaven’.

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