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Inspection reports for Arohata Prison and Whanganui Prison released

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The Office of the Inspectorate today released inspection reports for Arohata Prison and Whanganui Prison.

Inspections provide a ‘window into prisons’, giving early warning of emerging risks and challenges, and highlighting areas of innovation and good practice.

The report found that Arohata Prison generally provided a safe and healthy environment for prisoners, with little evidence of violence and gang activity, limited contraband and relatively little intimidation.

Most staff were professional in their interactions with prisoners and there was good active management.

Despite being split between two sites, health services were effective and well supported by custodial staff, and prisoners found nurses friendly and professional and were confident in the care they were receiving.

In general, Whanganui Prison had a well maintained physical environment and met prisoners’ basic needs for food, shelter, clothing and bedding. Throughout the prison, staff appeared highly active and engaged in supervising and managing prisoners.

The prison placed considerable emphasis on ensuring that all prisoners had access to rehabilitation and training opportunities. A significant proportion of prisoners were engaged in industry, treatment and/or learning programmes.

The prison’s wrap-around programme for young Māori prisoners was innovative and showed promising initial results.

The inspections were carried out in September 2018.

Inspections are carried out against a set of healthy prison standards derived from United Nations guidelines on the treatment of people in detention (known as the Nelson Mandela Rules). These standards consider all aspects of prison life, with a particular focus on four guiding principles:

Ø Safety: Prisoners are held safely

Ø Respect: Prisoners are treated with respect for human dignity

Ø Rehabilitation: Prisoners are able, and expect, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them

Ø Reintegration: Prisoners are prepared for release into the community and helped to reduce their likelihood of re-offending

The Office of the Inspectorate is part of the Department of Corrections, but is required to act independently in its inspections and other investigations. The Office of the Inspectorate also carries out investigations into complaints from people under Correction’s management, investigates all deaths in custody, and can be tasked to carry out special investigations.

The Arohata Prison and Whanganui Prison reports can be found here.

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