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Minister to announce new youth units tomorrow

Minister of Corrections, Matt Robson will announce an increase in youth units across New Zealand while visiting the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison Youth Unit tomorrow.

"Keeping young offenders separate from hardened adult criminals, and using programs targeted specifically at adolescent offenders is the key to reducing re-offending," says Matt Robson.

The Hawkes Bay youth unit was the first of its kind in New Zealand. It has been in operation for eight months. Matt Robson opened the second unit at Waikeria prison in June of this year.

DATE: Thurs. 20 July

TIME: 9.45am – Media to sign in
10am Minister's speech, followed by a tour of the unit.

VENUE: Hawkes Bay Regional Prison Youth Unit
Mangaroa Rd. Bridge Pa, Hastings.

Contact: Josie Harbutt (Press Sec) 025 5888 60 or 04 470 6676, Andrew Bristol (Depart. Corrections) 04 460 31045

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