Tell Judith Collins to right the wrongs of the Serco fiasco

Just 3 days ago Judith Collins was sworn in as our new (old) Corrections Minister. She’s already pumped an extra $17.6 million of funding into Corrections to pay for increasing prisoner numbers, and next week she is expected to meet with Serco bosses to discuss the issues that led to the fallout at Mt Eden Prison. [1] If one thing is clear, it seems safe to say that Judith Collins is the type of person that gets stuff done (even if it’s sometimes stuff we don’t agree with).

In his final moves as Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga publicly backed one of our petition asks for an independent prisons inspectorate. In his parting comments he said: "It is about strengthening the independent oversight of the whole corrections system, and ultimately what that does is provide assurances for the public, for ministers, and also for offenders and their families." [2]

We agree. And that’s exactly what we’re going to ask Judith Collins to do.

Will you take a couple of minutes to send Judith Collins a quick email, congratulate her on her new (old) role, and let her know that you expect her to fulfil an independent prisons inspectorate as Corrections Minister?

We’re aware that for some people it might be a bitter pill to send a congratulations email to a Minister who has let us down previously and was the one who actually brought about this whole Serco fiasco in the first place. But we believe it’s important to open this new relationship with high expectations. And it’s important to let her know that this issue isn’t going away, and neither are we.

Earlier this year more than 1,000 of you sent emails to Wellington MPs asking for a moratorium on Serco contracts. I believe that made a significant impact on ensuring that our representatives felt the heat and pressure to not renew Serco’s contract for 2017. Let’s inject some people power once again.


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