Controversy-plagued private prison operator Serco’s contract to run Mt Eden Corrections Facility will not be renewed – the Department of Corrections has confirmed.
Serco’s management of Mt Eden had been under scrutiny after reports of ‘fight clubs’ the use of contraband and alleged mistreatment of prisoners.
In a statement Corrections chief executive Ray Smith said the department had decided not to renew Serco’s contract when it reached a break point in March 2017.
‘For some time I have been considering whether the current contract is the best way to deliver services for this prison.
I have decided that it is not’.
Welcome to the jungle – the Mt Eden Correctional Facility.
In this private universe violence is a part of daily life and drugs are freely available. Mt Eden prison has its own bizarre codes of conduct and even its own jailhouse economy.
Former inmates gave the Weekend Herald the benefit of their experiences – showing how far from the outside world the Serco-managed prison had drifted.
Footage of prison ‘contender’ fights put a spotlight on Mt Eden prison and questions over safety intensified when Labour Party MP Kelvin Davis alleged former inmate Nick Evans had died from injuries after being ‘dropped’ off a balcony.
The jury is still out on the death of Evans.
As more details emerge it seems increasingly likely he survived the extraordinary jungle of the Mt Eden Correctional Facility in the same way most other inmates do – with bruises and a drug addiction.