A Corrections Association NZ newsletter to members obtained by 1 NEWS said the union had repeatedly raised concerns about rising violence against Corrections staff in prisons and been “ignored”.
“Despite CANZ providing constant and consistent feedback to National Office and the minister highlighting the reality of life inside prisons and violence facing staff, nothing is ever done,” it read.
“We contacted the minister, pointing out that staff across the country are so incensed by what they see as him supporting and advocating for prisoners, while ignoring staff, and staff have had enough.
“There is even a growing call for a vote of no confidence in the minister.”
The grotesquely incompetent and corrupt Corrections Department must attack and denigrate Kelvin Davis as quickly as possible before the reports into their obscene handling of the Waikeria Prison riots come to light.
Corrections are easily the most corrupt and violent of the Government Departments but their abuse is usually covered up and the mainstream media has always been relied upon to whip up prisoner hate so that the is a sense that the prisoners deserve a bashing, but post Black Lives Matter, the issue of the State abusing people of colour has turned that public opinion on its head.
The last second reflection on the jaw dropping cruelty of Corrections in this cell gassing situation at Auckland Women’s Prison is a real indication that Corrections realise they are in trouble here.
Corrections claims to date that everything that was done at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility was best practice behaviour has become increasingly unbelievable as more and more examples of what was going on began to surface!
Th ritualistic nature of the abuse by the guards seemed to border on sexual fetish, and the decision to lock one of the prisoners in a cell their partner attempted suicide should bring shame on us all.
Corrections are now faced with a media who won’t oblige their abuse and a Government who won’t tolerate it, so attacking the hapless Kelvin, (who to date has bewilderingly swallowed everything Corrections has told him), is urgently required for them to try and gloss over what is about to come out.
The Waikeria Prison riot report will find Corrections struggled far more than they were admitting due to Covid staffing issues and that rather than be upfront about that, allowed conditions to deteriorate to a riot situation and that once that situation took effect, they did everything in their power to goad the Police into shooting the prisoners.
To be fair, Corrections are only playing th hand thy had bn salt. The decision to only allow rehabilitation to prisoners who admit their guilt has created a counter productive nightmare where prisoners serve their full sentence locked up 20 hours a day for years and years until they explode on release…
Convicted murderer Scott Watson says he is not as arrogant as he used to be, but the Parole Board has ruled his failure to complete treatment means he’ll stay behind bars.
…and the brutally punitive manner in which Corrections restore order…
The numbers of assaults reported in prisons has also been increasing.
In the 2016 financial year, there were just six recorded uses of pepper spray.
Last year, guards displayed their cans of the inflammatory agent – and prepared to incapacitate an inmate – nearly 900 times.
…on top of the last BIM report that warns of extremism inside prisons because of the lack of rehabilitation…
Corrections has alerted Minister Kelvin Davis to a rise in signs of extremism amongst offenders.
The department has provided a briefing as Davis heads into his second term in the role.
It says there’s been an increase in the number of people it manages, who potentially hold extremist views – or display risk factors specific to radicalisation or violent extremism.
It’s established a Prisoners of Extreme Risk Directorate and made violent extremism a priority for Corrections Intelligence.
Corrections says it recognises that extra measures are needed to safely manage those who present an ongoing risk of harm – and the potential to influence others to engage in serious violence.
The department says of the nine thousand people in prison, 91 per cent have been diagnosed with substance abuse or a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.
More than half of inmates – or 4730 – identify as Māori.
Thirty-five per cent are affiliated with a gang, and 36 per cent are on remand.
…so a violent, underfunded punitive and counter productive prison industrial complex should expect rioting.
There is a dark abscess in the heart of Kiwis who sadistically derive excitement from not only a prisoner being punished by their loss of liberty, but who love that the prisoners suffer as well.
Kiwis have a fetish to see prisoners demeaned, broken and made to suffer, in such an environment, those prisoners will fight back.
Kelvin will be the sacrificial lamb for the failings of an entire system.
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