Who is going to be held to account for the massive increase in assaults on guards since Serco were given the boot?
Assaults on prison guards by inmates have increased by more than 100 in the last year.
But the Department of Corrections say that a three-year staff safety plan will “directly contribute to making prisons a safer environment”.
The Department of Corrections Annual Report was released at 4pm today and revealed that in the 2015/16 year just under 20 staff were seriously assaulted by inmates while on the job, and more than 450 minor and non-injury assaults were also reported.
In 2014/15 there were less than 10 assaults on staff classed as serious and just under 400 minor or non-injury incidents were recorded.
The report comes two days after three Corrections officers were assaulted – one of them seriously and requiring hospital treatment – by a group of prisoners at Auckland Prison.
The report, signed off by Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, revealed that the prison population has more than doubled since 1996.
Back then just 4079 people were incarcerated in New Zealand, compared with 9798 as of September this year. Read more »