Anne Tolley has released what is effectively a league table of our 17 prisons. It’s great to have such transparency on how our prisons 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”. It is the most improved prison.
Of course Labour and Greens are vowing to close it down.