Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Safety in Prisons - a Systemic Failure

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
Spokesperson for Corrections
26 November 2012

Safety in Prisons - a Systemic Failure

New Zealand First is concerned about an apparent lack of safety at Rimutaka Prison following an incident in which a prisoner and visitor were trapped in a prison visiting booth for several hours.

Corrections spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says it was obviously the result of a systemic failure that could seriously affect safety and security in our prisons.

“The whole prison site was compromised when Muster count was completed without confirming the whereabouts of the prisoner, and staff also failed to account for the visitor.
“They could have been down at the local tavern for all the prison was aware.
“The Corrections Department must do more staff training including refresher programmes, specifically around Musters and Visitor safety.

“Having robust systems based on endless and overlapping communiqués without on-going core function training is worthless.”

Mrs Lole-Taylor says the case where the woman and her partner were trapped shows that a system that tries to make prison guards into social workers simply does not work.

“The Minister needs to spell out a clear policy that clearly defines safety, security and rehabilitative roles.

“The prison service has armies of well-intentioned people who are falling over each other without any clear focus of what they are supposed to be doing.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news