It’s not a good time to be a criminal

Judith Collins is increasing the number of prison beds while blaming hard-core recidivists for her missing a KPI.

I can only see pain in their future.

The Government appears certain to miss its target of cutting reoffending in New Zealand by next year.

The target of a 25 per cent reduction in recidivism by mid-2017 was set in 2012 and is one of the Government’s top priorities for the public sector.

The Corrections Department’s annual report, released on Friday, showed that reoffending had been cut by just 5.6 per cent from a 2011 baseline.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said that while any reduction in reoffending was “good news”, it was disappointing that progress towards the key target had slowed.

She said the trend had been caused by a smaller, hard-core group of criminals.   Read more »

Assaults on guards up since SERCO got the boot

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 »


Paremoremo prisoners stab Corrections staff. Will Corrections be fined for incompetence? Why not?

Where is Kelvin Davis?

He seems to be silent on some problems that have arisen in a Corrections run prison.

Three staff members from Auckland’s Paremoremo Prison have been assaulted by a group of five inmates.

The incident is believed to be a stabbing.

The officers involved escaped without life-threatening injuries; Northern Regional Commissioner Jeanette Burns said all staff were wearing stab proof vests and were assessed by medical staff on site.

“One staff member was taken to hospital for medical treatment. The other staff members were taken to a local accident and emergency clinic for medical treatment.   Read more »

Nats show they are tough on crims, Labour shows they prefer catch and release

Judith Collins and John Key have announced today significant spending in Corrections to ensure ratbags are kept behind bars.

Predictably, Labour has come out in support of the criminals.

The Government’s plans to spend a billion dollars on more beds for New Zealand’s burgeoning prison population shows it is “deadly serious” about cracking down on methamphetamine and violent crime, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

Labour has criticised the announcement, saying it is due to a failure to reduce reoffending and will simply create more “schools for crime”.

Collins announced the plans for another 1800 beds around the country, saying that although levels of crime had reduced, the number of prisoners had increased “faster than projected”.

The beds will include more double-bunking in Northland’s Ngawha Prison, a new 245-bed block built at Mt Eden, and a yet-to-be-approved new facility with 1500 beds on the existing site of Waikeria Prison – run by Corrections but built and maintained by a public-private partnership.

Collins said the Government’s plans showed it was “deadly serious” about cracking down on methamphetamine and family violence, with 70 per cent of the current prison population jailed for serious violent, sexual or drug-related offending.

“I’d like every meth dealer to know they’re not going to get a get out of jail free pass because there’s not enough beds – we’ll have enough for them.”  

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No one wants a sex offender for a neighbour

No one wants a sex offender for a neighbour  but the cold hard truth is that if the court does not issue a public protection order,  the only option Corrections  have left is to house the offender in the community.

Understandably the communities where these offenders are being housed are very unhappy and lobby hard to have them removed. Without a public protection order when a sex offender is removed from one community he has to be put into another.  Only with a public protection order can he be housed in a secure community outside a prison well away from families and children after he has finished serving his sentence. Currently, one community assisted by the media party are trying to spin  the story that sex offenders are being put  into communities that vote labour by a heartless National government.

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Fatty prison guards forced to pass fitness test

The fatties in the Corrections Union have lost their bid to remain fat bastards and not do fitness assessments.

The prison union has lost its battle about the introduction of fitness tests for guards after arguing they should be paid for their troubles.

Last year the Department of Corrections announced it would introduce a Physical Readiness Assessment (PRA) for its staff to ensure they were able to respond to emergencies.

The six-step test would grade each employee either green, amber or red.

Amber employees would be able to repeat the test in a fortnight and if still graded amber would be provided with support and re-tested in a year.

Red employees would have to submit to further medical and safety assessments to determine if they could remain in their roles or have their duties changed.

It could also result in an employee having to take either paid or unpaid sick leave until they improved their fitness levels.

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Let’s look at non-technical solutions for home detention

I imagine that Judith Collins has already called in the head of Corrections for a wee chat after this debacle:

Corrections was left red-faced after Story once again demonstrated how easy it was to cut through the new “uncuttable” home detention anklets — and all it took was a pair of scissors.

The department introduced the new electronic monitoring bracelets on Wednesday, which Corrections Minister Judith Collins called “almost impossible” to remove without “taking off your leg”.

But when put to the test by Story, our strong cameraman, Billy Weepu, made it look quite easy.

While Ms Collins said the new ones were unlikely to be able to be cut off without the help of a chainsaw, all it took was a few snips.

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Dear Judith writes Kelvin Davis as he goes full retard

Kelvin Davis goes full retard.  Never go full retard

Your reaction to your humiliation of hearing through the media that some corrupt guard is smuggling tobacco in to Wiri Prison has been to embark on a witch hunt to find the whistleblower.

This shows that you’re the one whose running scared simply because you’re afraid of the truth.

Instead of being grateful for this being brought to your attention, and you then being able to take steps to address the problem, you have set out to persecute the whistleblower.

You torment the little people because it’s easier than catching the big fish.

You sit in your ivory tower and pass judgement on people who have little ability to challenge the system or the tyranny of the state.

So they come to a Member of Parliament who shares their concern about the systemic rot that infects the department you manage.

I understand that saving face is more important to you than doing what is right. This is why your department stonewalls information, delays OIA releases, loses CCTV footage, and rarely is anyone held to account for bad decisions that severely impact on inmates, guards and their families.

This is why people can be beaten up with near impunity while your department ‘investigates’ with minimal results and no wrong doing found. Read more »

Davis fails to front with evidence, what a surprise

Yesterday Kelvin Davis performed yet another hit job on Serco, alleging that there were corrupt prison officers delivering contraband to the scumbags in jail.

Paul Henry challenged him to front, so did Judith Collins…but he has failed to deliver up evidence and now the problem is in the hands of Police.

Kelvin Davis “is playing a game” and risks attracting the attention of “violent” criminals, Corrections Minister Judith Collins has warned.

The Labour MP on Thursday alleged a small number of Corrections officers in Auckland are taking bribes and sneaking cigarettes to inmates. He provided Newshub with a recording of a conversation between himself and a family member on the outside, explaining how the smuggling operation runs.

Mr Davis promised to give all the evidence he had to Ms Collins.

“About six o’clock last night he sent through what he said was a transcript,” Ms Collins told Paul Henry on Friday morning.

“Yesterday I spoke to the Corrections chief executive Ray Smith, and Ray and I talked about this, and Ray decided to send this straight away to police because it’s evidence of bribery and corruption — well, it’s an allegation of it.”

Ms Collins appears to not have read the transcript Mr Davis gave her, saying she didn’t know what was in it.

She says Mr Davis hasn’t given her any names, nor the recording of the conversation he had with the whistleblower.   Read more »

Kelvin Davis visits more criminals in prison than any other MP

Kelvin Davis is the Labour spokesperson for Corrections, but it seems that his interest in Corrections is restricted to visits with criminals and promoting the interests of those same criminals.

Since the 2014 election Kelvin Davis has visited Corrections facilities on average once per month and almost always to visit a prisoner.

Corrections advised WOBH in an Official Information Act response that Kelvin Davis visits prisoners with convictions for murder, manslaughter, violence, dishonesty, drug supply, kidnapping and escape.

The figures released also show that Kelvin Davis visits Corrections facilities more often than any other MP. With 44 visits from MPs in total since the 2014 general elections Kelvin Davis tops the list with 17 visits, often with a single prisoner. The next highest number of visits by an MP are from Mahesh Bindra of NZ First with 7 visits, two of which were with the Law and Order Select Committee of which he is a member.

Kelvin Davis (Labour)17 visits
Mahesh Bindra (NZ First)7 visits*
David Clendon (Green)4 visits*
Paula Bennett (National)3 visits
Jacinda Ardern (Labour)2 visits
Steven Joyce (National)2 visits

* includes two visits with the Law and Order Select Committee.    Read more »