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Criminal Justice Experts Condemn Appointment of Haumaha – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  June 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) shares victims advocate Louise Nicholas’ concerns about the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner. “Haumaha spent years insisting that Nicholas, a victim of gang rape by police officers, was lying,” says PAPA spokeswoman Emilie Rakete. “He defended his friends Rickards, Shipton, and Schollum, while disregarding any responsibility to […]

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University criminologist to speak at anti-prison rally – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on University criminologist to speak at anti-prison rally – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Victoria University criminology professor Dr. Liam Martin will be speaking at a rally organised by People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) in Wellington to oppose the building of a 600 bed unit for Waikeria prison. He will be joined by University of Otago mental health expert Dr. Keri Lawson-Te Aho, and prominent human rights lawyer Gayaal […]

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Māori mental health expert to speak at anti-prison rally – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  June 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Māori mental health expert to speak at anti-prison rally – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

University of Otago mental health expert Dr. Keri Lawson-Te Aho will be speaking at a rally organised by People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) in Wellington to oppose the building of a 600 bed unit for Waikeria prison. She will be joined by prominent human rights lawyer Gayaal Iddamalgoda, who ran as an independent candidate for […]

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Prisoner advocates welcome repeal of three strikes law – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  June 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Prisoner advocates welcome repeal of “brutal, pointless” three strikes law Prisoner advocacy organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is pleased to see the repeal of the “three strikes law”. The “three strikes law” was passed in 2010 with the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act. The law dictates that serious repeat offenders “strike out” after their […]

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Disgust at police brutality against 13 year-old – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  May 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Disgust at police brutality against 13 year-old – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is appalled by the excessive use of force by police in arresting and restraining a 13-year old boy, who was riding a bike without a helmet. In a video that has subsequently gone viral on social media, a police officer was filmed punching the child in the ribs, while another […]

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Budget pours more money into failed criminal justice system – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  May 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Budget pours more money into failed criminal justice system – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is disappointed by large increases in police and prison spending in the 2018 Budget. ‘This government is saying one thing and doing another. While it calls for a “more humane justice system” it pours billions of dollars into a prison system that doesn’t work,’ says PAPA spokeswoman Emilie Rākete. ‘Budget […]

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Call For Expanded Cannabis Decriminalisation – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  April 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Call For Expanded Cannabis Decriminalisation – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill doesn’t go far enough, says criminal justice research group People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA). The Bill, which is currently going through the select committee, decriminalises cannabis use for terminally ill people. Supply of cannabis remains illegal, and people who use cannabis and are not terminally ill can […]

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Solitary confinement in Australian youth prison – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  April 4, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Solitary confinement in Australian youth prison – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Solitary confinement in Australian youth prison mirrors problems at home NZ-based prisoner advocacy group People Against Prisons Aotearoa is outraged by the treatment of Māori-Australian teen Jason Rewiti. Rewiti has been held in solitary confinement in an Australian youth prison for more than 300 days. According to his mother, he is self-mutilating as a result […]

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Prisoner Advocates To Mourn Rising Prison Suicide – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  March 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Prisoner advocacy organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa will be holding candlelight vigils on Thursday 8th March in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to memorialise suicide deaths in prisons. The vigils come in the wake of 18 year-old Kaine Morell’s recent death in Christchurch prison. “Kaine’s death could have been avoided if he had been provided […]

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Report: Solitary Confinement in New Zealand Prisons – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Report: Solitary Confinement in New Zealand Prisons – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Kia ora whānau, I’m pleased to announce that, alongside Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA), today we launched our report Solitary Confinement in New Zealand Prisons. The report examines the conditions of solitary in New Zealand, as well as its devastating effects on people who experience it. It is written in mostly simple and clear […]

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Solitary confinement brought to Auckland streets – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Solitary confinement brought to Auckland streets – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

Prisoner rights group to bring solitary confinement to Auckland streets Prisoner advocacy group People Against Prisons Aotearoa will be installing a mock prison cell outside Auckland’s Aotea Square this Tuesday 28th November. The cell is going up to demonstrate the conditions of solitary confinement in New Zealand’s prisons, in protest of the ongoing practice. “In […]

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Moana Jackson at campaign against solitary confinement – PAPA

By   /  October 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Moana Jackson at campaign against solitary confinement – PAPA

Prison abolitionist organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is launching its campaign against solitary confinement today in Auckland. The group’s aim is to have all forms of solitary confinement in prisons banned. “In our work with prisoners, our advocates have seen first-hand the destructive nature of solitary confinement. This disturbing practice must be ended immediately,” […]

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Moana Jackson to speak out against solitary confinement – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Prison abolitionist organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is launching its campaign against solitary confinement this Saturday in Auckland. The group’s aim is to have all forms of solitary confinement in prisons banned. “In our work with prisoners, our advocates have seen first-hand the destructive nature of solitary confinement. This disturbing practice must be ended […]

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New Zealand Police Authorised to Wiretap Protest Group PAPA

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

In a statement of evidence provided to People Against Prisons Aotearoa’s lawyer, New Zealand Police appears to have wiretapped the phones of three PAPA organisers. The authority to monitor the conversations and messages was established on November 22, 2016. This occurred during an occupation of a Department of Corrections office. “At this stage we do […]

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Protest demanding prisoners’ right to vote – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  September 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The prisoner advocacy organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) protested today for the right of prisoners to vote. The picket was held outside Nikki Kaye’s office in Auckland Central. “Denying prisoners the right to vote is a blatant breach of their human rights,” says PAPA spokesperson Emilie Rākete. Since 2010, all sentenced prisoners have been […]

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No Pride in Prisons is now People Against Prisons Aotearoa

By   /  September 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The prison advocacy organisation No Pride in Prisons has officially changed its name to People Against Prisons Aotearoa as of 1 September. “The new name is a reflection of where the organisation is at now,” says People Against Prisons Aotearoa spokesperson Emilie Rākete. “The prison harms everyone it touches, so our organisation must draw on […]

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