If you were to listen to the tripe trotted out by corrections spin doctors (which cost you tens of millions) you could be forgiven to thinking all was rosy behind prison walls. The only hiccups are the admission the much touted 25% reoffending rate dropped and by 2017 has no hope in hell in being achieved (it never did and it never will so long as Corrections have control on rehabilitation).
The increasing violence in the prisons, caused mostly by the smoking ban which left prisoners with nothing to relieve the monotony, boredom, stress and anxiety of daily prison life has also seen a jump in the number of prison suicides. Interestingly enough, when was the last time you heard one reported in the mainstream media? We’ve had 5 in the last 12 months in this prison alone that I’ve never seen reported.
It’s no good for Judith Collins to say we have suicides in the community as well. There’s no comparison, the number in prisons is far in excessive than in the community. Take into account a prisoner is being closely watched and taken care of by Corrections who have a legal responsibility to at least release them at the end of their sentence ALIVE. Perhaps allowing more prisoners to suicide as part of the agenda to cut reoffending?
Before Mike Bush claims credit for that, the crime rate in all countries similar to our own has been dropping for years. It’s all about demographics the number of people in the age range that commit almost all crimes have dropped so there’s been a commensurate drop in the number of crimes committed.
Anyone interested in seeing detail on how Corrections “cooks the books” will do well to read Rodger Brookings excellent post “Corrections Cuts Crime With The Selective Use of Statistics” Brooking blog, 3 August 2014.
It’s only going to get worse; where else does the number of prisoners’ skyrocket following a significant DROP in the crime rate.
Arthur Taylor is a prisoner rights activist who is currently in prison and blogs for TDB.