Contrary to the whining of the left wing that everything from riots to anal rape would occur if smoking was banned in prison, everything is trucking along just nicely thank you very much.
Inmates are breathing easy following the prison smoking ban with scientists finding a greater than 50 per cent rise in air quality and – to everyone’s surprise – no major incidents since the big stub out.
Smoking was banned in New Zealand prisons on June 1 last year with stark warnings from prisoners, prison advocates, and guards of riots and disorder.
However, there were no riots and Corrections staff report a number of unforeseen benefits.
Prison services assistant general manager Rachel Leota said prisons had reported a “calmer” environment with fewer “standover” incidents now that tobacco has been taken out of circulation.
Inmates had been heard on the prison telephone monitoring system telling family they appreciated living in a smoke-free environment and encouraging family to give up.
Prisoners had more money to spend on things such as phone cards, she said.
Yet another criminal justice success from Judith Collins, who refused to listen to the namby-pamby crim huggers.