Privatising prisons not an option: Greens
PRIVATISING the state's prisons, including the planned new Grafton prison and the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, would result in local job cuts according to Greens candidate for Cowper Carol Vernon.
"Private companies make profits by cutting staff," Ms Vernon said.
"We will always need prisons, and we will always have crime, but reducing crime in the long run means supporting vulnerable communities.
"Crime rates are undeniably linked to poverty. Addressing poverty by allocating more resources to Cowper definitely has the potential to reduce crime."
She said the NSW Government's plan to privatise the state's prisons would be ineffective.
"Cutting the quality and integrity of our prisons through privatisation and contracting out will not fix chronic overcrowding in the State's prisons.
"Overcrowding prisons had been caused not by rising crime, but by decades of political failure from state Labor and Coalition MPs.
"Their common response to crime levels has been more jails, more lawyers and more police."