8 Oct 2016

Correcting Corrections: Collins urges reports' release

11:11 am on 8 October 2016

Corrections need to take responsibility for failures in monitoring at privately run prisons, its minister says.

05072016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. Caucus run. Judith Collins.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Corrections Minister Judith Collins' comments followed the release of the report into fight clubs operating at Mt Eden Prison while it was run by the company, Serco.

Ms Collins told TV3's The Nation the fact that Serco was rated at the top of prison performance charts made a mockery of the monitoring system.

"This is the first report that's actually been released in full," she said.

"Now, I understand that there are issues around security and privacy and they can be taken care of.

"But I'd actually like to have more transparency."

She said it was time for the department to publish its reports on monitoring at prisons.

She had been talking to the State Services Commission about ways of getting the Department to be more open, she said.

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