20 May 2009

Next prison built may be privately run, minister says

7:19 am on 20 May 2009

The Government has signalled the next prison built in New Zealand may be privately run.

The Government has signalled the next new prison built in New Zealand may be privately run.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins is visiting privately managed prisons in Australia and says she wants to find out why the country has persevered with private prisons.

The Government has introduced a bill that will allow for private management of prisons in New Zealand.

Ms Collins says the next prison built is likely to be tendered for private management and she has not ruled out the possibility other prisons may be put in that category.

The minister says iwi involvement in the process is crucial as Maori comprise a significant proportion of prisoners.