Someone “in the know” says fights are going on at Ngawha Prison in cells where prisoners double bunked. One inmate had his nose broken, 4-5 teeth chipped, beaten about the head, concussed and upgraded from Low-Medium security to HighSecurity at Mt Eden.
He was celled up with a psychotic prisoner who was not taking his medication Risperidone .
Releases on parole are the lowest in 20 years .
Double bunking is just the start of it in our prisons.
There are cuts to prisoner employment and rehabilitation too .
A far cry from only 4 years ago when Minister Anne Tolley touted that “every New Zealand Prison will be a working prison “.
An older Maori guy here had a part time job cleaning the library for $8 per week . He’s been made “redundant” as Corrections says it can’t afford to pay. The prison computer room has only 3 computers – and then only because I complained .
Most inmates need to use them to prepare for the outside world they will rejoin in most cases within 2 years. However, only 3 can do so for only the 8 hours per week that Corrections has the budget for a tutor.
It costs Corrections and everyone much more when these unprepared guys return to prison .
Arthur Taylor is TDBs prisoner rights blogger currently in prison.