Thursday, 3 January 2013
'Drug swallower' dies in prison after Corrections fails to xray him
Officers suspected he had swallowed drugs. They placed him in an observation cell with a camera - but failed to monitor him properly.
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Nurse suspended for 18 weeks on full pay for giving prisoner Raro.
Emily Wilson has been a nurse for 30 years but was suspended after an act of kindness to a dehydrated prisoner.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Officers kill prisoner trying to commit suicide
The coroner's report into the death of Nicholas Harris in Waikeria prison last year found officers were 'justified' in their behaviour.
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Prisoner's lives not worth saving - the suicide of Kerry Joll
The Dominion Post has just reported the outcome of the coroner's inquiry into the suicide of Kerry Joll.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
How police and probation harass prisoners on parole - the case of Tony Maude
The police raided every house he stayed at - his mother died, his engagement broke up, and his ex-partner took off to Christchurch with his daughter - then he relapsed.
Friday, 5 October 2012
The media still in bed with Sensible Sentencing Trust
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Crime at an all time low - but we still need another prison
New Zealand's crime rate has dropped for the third year in a row.
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Public protection orders for 3,840 high risk prisoners.
Judith Collins claims only a very small number of prisoners will meet the criteria - but the Corrections Department says 3,840 will meet the criteria over ten years.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Graeme Burton & Murray Wilson have a lot in common - both were set up to fail
Murray Wilson, aka the 'Beast of Blenheim' – committed his crimes well over 18 years ago.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Diabetic dying to get out of prison
Jane Wilson is 36 year old drug addict with diabetes.
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
IPCA - Police watchdog is a real puppy
The Independent Police Conduct Authority (generally known as the IPCA) has just released a comprehensive report on police deaths in custody.
Monday, 25 June 2012
Prison protesters - all they need is a decent meal.
New research finds prison violence is linked to poor diet. Supplements containing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids reduce violence in prisons by 37%.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Cruelty by Corrections pushes prisoners into suicide
The Coroner recently released his findings into the death in prison of Richard John Barriball and was highly critical of staff at OCF.
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Psychological abuse of vulnerable prisoners.
The Corrections Department uses sleep deprivation and 'the naked squat' on suicidal prisoners.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Anne Tolley ratchets up the screws on prisoners.
Section 5 of the Corrections Act requires that prisons are "operated in accordance with rules ... that are based on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Friday, 6 April 2012
Howard League calls for 50% cut in prison population
New Zealand's rate of imprisonment is on a par with third world countries wracked by violence and civil war.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Open letter to Gerry Brownlee - and his little piece of Finland.
Take your Nokia - your little piece of Finland and call Prof John Pratt who actually knows what he's talking about.
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Drinking too much water to be an offence.
A Bill has just passed its first reading in Parliament which will enable prisoners to be charged with an offence for drinking too much water.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
It doesn't add up - 1,200 empty beds and a new prison
Last week, the Government announced that two old prisons will close – Wellington's Mount Crawford Prison (which holds 120 prisoners) and the New Plymouth prison (which holds 112).
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Department's double standards (the MIRP doesn't work).
The Government has set 10 targets for the public sector to achieve over the next three to five years - including a reduction in criminal re-offending.
Friday, 9 March 2012
Financial crisis solved - Govt finds $900 million for new prison.
The Government has just given the green light to build a new 960 bed prison at Wiri to be run by Serco.
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Enhanced torture techniques used by Serco on Kim Dotcom
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom recently spent a month in the Auckland Central Remand prison (ACRP) after the US government persuaded New Zealand police that his file sharing company, Megaupload, was infringing US copyright laws.
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Corrections Department censors Wikipedia
The Department of Corrections has been deleting information about the Department on a page on Wikipedia.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Corrections fines Serco $150,000 & pays nothing for same mistake
The NZ Herald reported today (February 21) that Serco, the operator of Mt Eden prison has been fined $150,000 after a prisoner escaped.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Corrections on the Couch - how victims are revictimised
On December 11, the NZ Herald reported that the families of those killed by William Bell gathered to remember those they lost in the Panmure RSA ten years ago.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Garth McVicar clones himself as a woman:
Tamsin Marshall is copying the sensible sentencing trust's nonsensical approach to crime.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Sent to prison 40 times - the $3 million orange juice
On January 7, the New Zealand Herald reported the story of James Whenuaroa – sentenced to prison for six weeks for stealing a bottle of orange juice from a supermarket.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Prisoners forced to sleep in toilets
In October, 2011 former National Finance director Trevor Ludlow was sentenced to five years and seven months in jail.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Dunne refuses to spend $10,000 - misses out on $350 million
New Zealanders want the Government to toughen up - not by putting more people in prison but by tackling the death and social destruction caused by binge drinking.
Monday, 5 December 2011
A Dunne deal - compulsory alcohol and drug assessments on parolees
United Future's Peter Dunne has just thrashed out an agreement with Prime Minister John Key whereby Mr Dunne retains his role as associate Minister of Health and National will implement a number of United Future's policies.