A crowd of about 100 protesters have gathered outside Auckand’s Mt Eden Corrections Facility today against the privitisation of jails.
Passing motorists have started tooting their support as the crowds gather, chanting ‘Serco out’.
Among the protesters is Labour Party Corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis who is set to give a speech at the rally – which has been dubbed ‘no profit in prisons’.
Davis told the crowd prisoners are being traumatised by violence inside the privately-run prison and he wants to see Serco gone.
Organiser John Palethorpe is from the UK – where he says Serco has also had many failings. ‘Given what’s happened at Mt Eden in the last few weeks I thought time to do something’.
Prisons should not be for profit Mr Palethorpe said and the only dividend should a be a social one where prisoners leave prison less brutalised than when they went in – ready to contribute to society.
‘New Zealanders are right to ask why their taxpayer money is being used to fund a foreign company’s profit margin – and the public service they are supposed to be providing isn’t being provided properly’.