This isn’t a left wing or right wing thing.
This is a human rights issue.
No one is suggesting what the prisoners did was right, no one is suggesting they shouldn’t be in prison, but you treat humans like animals, they will become animals.
We are a liberal progressive democracy that believes in human rights and the conditions described inside that prison are deplorable and shameful…
Our drinking water in prison is brown. We have used our towels for three straight weeks now. Some of us have not had our bedding changed in five months. We have not received clean uniforms to wear for three months – we wear the samer dirty clothes day in and day out. We have to wash our clothes in our dirty shower water and dry them on the concrete floor. We have no toilet seats: we eat our kai out of paper bags right next to our open, shared toilets.
…Corrections are currently attempting to claim there were no complaints made by prisoners for the appalling conditions and human rights abuses that led to the Waikeria Prison riot.
This is simply not true.
Prisoners have repeatedly and for decades been compiling about the conditions at Waikeria and what is most concerning is that Corrections sound like they pretended there was a threat of weapons being used to call in the Armed Defenders Squad in a desperate attempt to use over whelming violence to quell this riot…
Last night, Corrections claimed inmates had makeshift weapons intended for use against staff, and had busted into a room containing power tools, shields, batons and body armour.
However another woman spoken to by 1 NEWS today, who did not want to be identified, says that’s not the case.
Her cousin is one of the protesting inmates, at the prison on remand and waiting to be sentenced.
She says the inmates broke into the room not to arm themselves, but to make “armour to defend themselves against the bullets that they’re being shot at with”.
She says they received a call last night alleging that inmates had been shot at by the Armed Offenders Squad inside the prison walls and windows had been smashed, adding that the inmates were “actually quite scared because they didn’t want any violence”.
When contacted by 1 NEWS, Corrections wouldn’t directly comment on the allegations of shots fired at the prison last night.
…the investigation is 6 months away, but expect that to be pushed out to just before December 2021 so that the appalling manner in which Corrections created this event and then attempted to used the Armed Defenders Squad to smash it is hidden by Christmas.
For Kelvin Davis to place all the blame on the prisoners is deeply problematic…
He added that there are “many legitimate avenues for prisoners to raise concerns about their conditions, including through the Independent Corrections Inspectorate and the Corrections Ombudsman,” but that the prisoners “used none of those avenues and never raised any issues prior to this event”.
…The Ombudsman report on Waikeria found that 77% of prisoners did not have faith in the complaints process, and that a third of the time the prison did not respond to complaints within the time frame alongside issues with access to complaint forms.
Waikeria have gone out of their way to ignore complaints and over the Covid period clearly had allowed things to deteriorate to the point Prisoners rioted.
Kelvin’s only hope is a white wash report released on the last day of Parliament just as the Press Gallery are going on holiday.
It was bad when Kelvin didn’t front.
Now he’s fronted, he’s saying things that are going to be proven false.
Why is he blindly accepting everything corrections are telling him?
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