STING: Former Grafton jail governor John Heffernan.
STING: Former Grafton jail governor John Heffernan.

Former jail boss: news is 'death knell' for old jail

FORMER Grafton jail governor John Heffernan said the news was bittersweet for him.

"It's great news for Grafton, but there's a sting in the tail with it," he said.

"It's the death knell for the current jail and government employees in the jail.

"It's likely some current staff will not want to work in a new jail because of the wages and conditions in privately run jails."

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Mr Heffernan said the experience of the Western Australian government with a privately-run jail showed there were still problems.

He said he had moral problems with making money from incarcerating prisoners.

"Governments who privatise prisons have abrogated their responsibilities to the community," he said.



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