NZPA report:

Auckland’s Mt Eden prison operator Serco has been accused of bribing inmates with bigger helpings of food and televisions in their cells to encourage them to behave.

The prison officers’ union, the Corrections Association, said that in addition to larger meals, Serco served dessert every night, unheard of in the State prison system, Radio New Zealand reported.

To me this shows the private operator has the flexibility we want a prison operator to have.

UPDATE: I am informed that the “dessert” served up is a piece of fruit. I’m also informed state prisons serve fruit also, so this is a union beatup story.

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