Corrections minister breaking law with prison restrictions, ACT leader claims
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is asking all MPs to check with his office before they visit a prison.
The request comes in a letter sent this week to all MPs, in which Davis asks for any requests to go through his private secretary.
Davis says he’s trying to ease pressure on Corrections staff.
But the demand has incensed ACT leader David Seymour, who says Davis is “unlawfully restricting prisoners’ rights”.
Is this the same Kelvin Davis who said he “doesn’t get involved in operational issues” as his excuse for not viewing video of me being assaulted by Auckland Prison staff while being transferred to Waikeria last Xmas ?
Kelvin Davis wants MP’s to register with him before using their right to inspect a prison . David Seymour put the Minister in his place…
“…the Corrections Act 2004 is very clear – and MP’s can’t hold the Government to account “if we need their permission to do it”.
“Minister Davis was a lion for prisoner rights in Opposition. Now he is a lamb who’s unlawfully restricting prisoner’s rights,” he said.
“The right of MPs to inspect the Government’s imprisonment of citizens is a centuries old safeguard in our democracy.”
Arthur Taylor is TDBs Prisoner Rights blogger currently inside prison.