Posts Tagged ‘NZ prisons’

Corrections staff asked to be vigilant after Tamaki’s tweet

Monday, May 20th, 2019
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Department of Corrections staff were advised to be vigilant about escalated tension after a tweet by Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki in which he warned of revolts in prisons. Tamaki later said the tweet was not serious. The department wouldn’t go further into detail “relating to a threat, or our response,” but said it took Read more

New Zealand’s 340 teenage prisoners

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Currently, of the 10,260 people locked up, about 1760 are aged under 25. Teenage prisoners make up just over three percent of the total muster – a headcount of about 340. Read more

Teaching Christchurch prisoners to read, write and count

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Seventy per cent of New Zealand’s prisoners are functionally illiterate. Most left school young with undiagnosed learning disabilities or care and protection issues that impacted their education. Prison education programmes boosted the literacy and numeracy skills of 42 per cent of prisoners last year, according to Corrections’ annual report, and there are plans to increase the number of prisoners Read more

Corrections department defends inmates’ treatment

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Department of Corrections is defending its treatment of prisoners after a United Nations report criticised the state of New Zealand’s detention centres. The report said many remand prisoners and youth detainees were being held in cells for 19 hours a day, while some were being fed “frozen leftovers” and others were having to take Read more

Bishop Duckworth has ‘deep social conscience’

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Rosemary McLeod referred to Bishop Justin Duckworth’s week in a monastic cell in front of Saint Paul’s Cathedral as a “performance piece” (Opinion, October 17). Justice Minister Judith Collins implied it was ridiculous and suggested this “sort of display” is “why people are leaving the Anglican Church”. Perhaps the symbol of a fenced in cell is Read more