After months of delays, the Government has finally announced its plans around the dilapidated Waikeria Prison. But its goal of reforming the justice system could prove to be its most difficult task.
There will be no mega-prison at Waikeria. So where will all the inmates go? Shane Cowlishaw explores the alternative options, and the potential political fallout of the Government’s decision that include a painful reopening of the debates around bail and sentencing laws.
COMMENT: The Government faces a billion dollar conundrum.
Corrections boss Ray Smith is hopeful the ongoing expansion to the prison system will be enough to keep up with the surging population.
After a year of huge ups and downs, Andrew Little is preparing for yet more change. He speaks to Shane Cowlishaw about his new ministerial roles and how he will make his mark.
New Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is seen as a great hope by many in the justice reform sector. But being viewed as soft on crime has historically been like swallowing a dead rat for the government. Can he make a difference? Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Following a Serco fight-club scandal that left Corrections reeling, a new woman has been placed in charge of keeping tabs on New Zealand’s prisons. Shane Cowlishaw meets the chief inspector.
The Government has been unapologetic for the record high prison population, but that confidence may be beginning to waver. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Corrections are trying to track down a prisoner to return her to jail after she was mistakenly released by prison staff.
The Ombudsman is considering launching an investigation into the state of mental health in prisons, saying the care of mentally ill prisoners is "not good enough".