Prisoners at the Mt Eden Corrections Facility in Auckland, New Zealand have found out a way to go viral, despite being behind bars.
Insane footage captured on contraband cell phones caught the “Fight Club” style fights taking place in the facility and were uploaded to YouTube in 2015.
People are seen watching the fights go down in a small area where some members exchange in a physical fight.
University of Canterbury Criminologist Professor Greg Newbold said in a report by One News Now that the footage was, “shocking, disgraceful, unforgiveable.”
“It’s bloody bad news and it should never happen,” he said.
“The worst thing is this whole thing happened uninterrupted.”
Newbold added, “It shows management breakdown, when inmates can stage these types of events without any knowledge of the staff, or any intervention, it shows the staff aren’t doing their jobs and ultimately the responsibility lies with management.”
Serco is the UK firm contracted by the Department of Corrections to run the facility. According to a recent report by NZ Herald, “The Department of Corrections invoked a ‘stepping in’ clause in Serco’s contract in July last year and in December confirmed the British-based company’s contract would not be renewed at a break point in March.”
“We have always accepted the recommendations of the report, but brought the proceeding because we had genuine concerns about the process,” Serco chief executive Mark Irwin said of the High Court’s decision.
“We have acknowledged that under our management, following a period of good performance, standards in Mt Eden slipped in early 2015, and we have apologised for this.”
“All prisons have to deal with challenges, and we are grateful for the partnership of the Department as we work together to address them,” Irwin added.
According to the NZ Herald report, “the Government announced it has charged Serco $8 million to cover the costs of resuming control of the prison.”