Mr Key confirmed that National will allow competitive tendering for the management of prisons on a case-by-case basis.
As Metiria notes:
How is the free market the answer to the problems of running a prison system? The key to a successful business is repeat customers. That creates a perverse incentive.
Yup, can you see Lock ‘Em Up Corp tendering their business case for the right to manage Mt Eden Prison? – We will equip prisoners with the recidivist skills they need in the community to commit more inept repeat crimes so that they return to the place that they really belong- behind bars. We’ll make sure through overcrowding that our regular clients share their knowledge with young first time customers. We’ll ensure that taxpayer funding is well spent getting these people back behind bars (oh and into our private shareholder dividends and director bonuses).