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Hard labour not $2m gym, says Franks

Hard labour not $2m gym, says Franks

Stephen Franks
Monday, 8 August 2005
Press Releases - Crime & Justice

ACT Corrections spokesman Stephen Franks today called on the Corrections Minister to scrap plans to build a new $2 million gym at Rimutaka Prison and instead buy a few picks, shovels and wheelbarrows for a quarry that inmates can break rocks in.

"Hard labour will give inmates all the workout they need," Mr Franks said.

"Prisons should keep inmates safe and healthy, but otherwise they should be made deliberately unpleasant so that no one wants to go back again. It shouldn't be a place to get pumped.

"Why should any of us want to see thugs stronger and more proud of themselves?

"Modern research shows that criminals have a self-esteem problem - that is too much self-esteem and not enough humility.

"It's time to abandon the loopy experiment we've been running for 30 years, hoping that if we are nice enough for long enough to criminals they might one day decide to be nice back.

"ACT will put the rights of victims ahead of the thugs and bullies and dump these inexcusable extravagances," Mr Franks said.


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