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Farmers disappointed at Prison Decision

Farmers disappointed at Prison Decision

Farmers are disappointed at the Waikato District Council's decision to recommend that the Meremere Prison proceeds.

North Waikato Federated Farmers Chair, Peter Buckley says that the Department of Correction's own policy is that prisons should be close to the populations they are designed to serve.

Auckland Federated Farmers Chair Barry McAlley agrees that the facility should be close to or within the Auckland Metropolitan Urban Limits.

"Prisons are urban facilities, and so they should be within urban boundaries, says Mr McAlley.

"The Minister has just decided to require a site at Wiri, within the urban limits, to be designated for a Women's prison. The Men's facility should be in a similar location."

"The Federation urges the Minister of Corrections to review the concept of a prison in the nation's rural heartland. The Waikato countryside is no place for an Auckland prison", concluded Mr Buckley.

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