Finding of No Systemic Rimutaka Corruption Welcome
PSA MEDIA RELEASE
February 14, 2008
For Immediate Use
PSA Welcomes Finding of No Systemic Corruption at Rimutaka Prison
The PSA welcomes the thorough and
independent investigation into allegations
of corruption at Rimutaka Prison.
"We are pleased that the investigation
has shown that there is no systemic
corruption at Rimutaka," says PSA National Secretary, Richard Wagstaff.
"It has exposed individual instances where the behaviour
of prison staff has
lacked integrity and these have been dealt with."
"This should lift the cloud of suspicion that
has hung over staff at
The PSA also welcomes
the extra support and training that has been provided
for staff at the prison as a result of the Rimutaka Improvement Project.
"This, combined with the changes to prison
management structure nationwide,
will mean that Rimutaka and prisons through out the country, are better
equipped to handle the demands of managing their inmates," says Richard
The PSA also welcomes the Corrections
Department'sassurances that it will
continue to look at improving its processes and policies.
"The union will
work with the department on this as we share the same
of having a highly effective, well run, prison service," says Richard
The PSA has just
under 2000 members working for the Corrections
with 800 of these working in prisons