Private prisons are a bad idea because it is the Crown's right to deprive individuals of their liberty. Delegating that right to a contractor treats the issue lightly, when freedom is a fundamental right. Which is a long way of saying I don't like the idea of private prisons.
So it brought me little pleasure to see that Serco have made a hash of running Mt Eden. They've failed to meet 8 of their 37 measures of performance. If I'd needed another reason to object to private prisons, this would be it.
Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen, 1993