The prison league table

March 27th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Anne Tolley has released what is effectively a league table of our 17 . It’s great to have such transparency on how our are doing on various criteria.

All 17 prisons are now measured on their performance against each other in a range of areas including security, assaults, drug tests and rehabilitation programmes. They are then categorised in four performance grades, with the resulting tables released quarterly.

The information is used by Corrections and prison managers to identify and share successful practices, and focus on areas which need improvement.

The table has six prisons in the “exceeding” category, eight in “effective” and three “needs improvement”.

Mount Eden is the privately run prison. In the first half of 2012 it was in the “needs improvement” category, then in Q3 went to “effective” and in Q4 is “exceeding”. ┬áIt is the most improved prison.

Of course Labour and Greens are vowing to close it down.

 

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9 Responses to “The prison league table”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    Mount Eden is a remand prison.

    The minister has clearly never represented a prisoner held there pre-trial, and needed to contact them. The publicly-run prisons are vastly superior.

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  2. Luke H (73 comments) says:

    Drug tests, eh? It seems beneficial for the prisoners to have a reasonable amount of marijuana available to calm them down.

    The prison guard who grew dope and sold it to his prisoners should have been commended, he was doing an excellent job.

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  3. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    “The minister has clearly never represented a prisoner held there pre-trial, and needed to contact them. The publicly-run prisons are vastly superior.”

    thats cause the prisoners get cell phones :D

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  4. Yogibear (375 comments) says:

    Still reckon the best karma for the Corrections Union was having 2 prisoners abscond from Rangipo a little less than a day after the union bleating on National Radio about the Mt Eden escape being evidence that the private sector was ineffective.

    Even Mary Wilson felt compelled to highlight their refusal to be interviewed on the public prison escapes, when they so freely gave their time not 24 hours earlier

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  5. peterwn (3,333 comments) says:

    Graeme – raise this with the Minister with examples – and involve the Law Society. Any remand prison that does not facilitate reasonable lawyer – accused contact is not doing what it is supposed to. This should be included in performance specifications with KPI’s regularly reported on. Surely, the new Auckland facility should have been designed to facilitate such meetings. However it does seem that the odd lawyer abuses this by smuggling contraband (happened in Scotland and apparently NZ) so prisons need to treat lawyers like any other visitor. Something was wrong somewhere when a judge felt obliged to give a prisoner (a lawyer accused of kidnapping) bail during trial as Corrections at Rimutaka Prison could or would not provide the prisoner the appropriate facilities to do the after hours preparation needed, not that I am shedding any tears for him.

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  6. duggledog (1,621 comments) says:

    Thanks Yogi, I remember that. Priceless

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  7. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    peterwn – we are certainly raising this through various channels. You can’t even speak with one on the telephone on any day other than a Monday or Wednesday. At other prisons, I’ve been able to make weekend phonecalls if needed.

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  8. lazza (401 comments) says:

    Yes Great … another “League Table” surely a sign that NZ’ ers are now expecting to see and will express interest in more public sector performance measurement. Thanks again! David for your generous earlier (February 2013) coverage of the NZ TLA (Council) Financial sustainability League Table.

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  9. mpledger (425 comments) says:

    For prisons to go from “needs improvement” one quarter, “exceptional” the next and back to “needs improvements” the next means that most of the statistics are based on things the prisons can’t control and/or small sample bias.

    But never mind, the prisons will now put a lot of effort into gaming the system so the statistics and table will become meaningless anyway -

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