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Gross Negligence okay if you work for Corrections

Jai Davis result: - Gross Negligence okay if you work for Corrections

The Howard League is shocked to learn today of the decision by Police not to prosecute anyone at Corrections for the death of Jai Davis.

When a parent locks a child up who has taken drugs and does not ring a doctor they are prosecuted, but if you are staff in the Department of Corrections the Police will not prosecute you.

New Zealand is known as a fair and just society with, supposedly, one law for all.

However, this situation of one law for Corrections and one for everybody else is shocking and must not be allowed to continue.

The Minister of Corrections, Mr Lotu-liga, needs to stand up and do the right thing, says Howard League spokesperson Madeleine Rose. He needs to ensure that his Ministry is accountable. New Zealanders need to have faith that people in custody are safe, and when Corrections’ staff offend they are held to account, says Rose.

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