The prisons Labour wants to keep

I find it interesting that Labour is opposed to the closing of old prisons. Surely liberals would want to close down old fashioned incarceration institutions in favour of ones that are better for the inmates?

But no, Charles Chauvel has said Labour wants to keep New Plymouth Prison open:

New Plymouth Prison is the country’s oldest operational prison and accommodates 112 minimum to high-medium security prisoners. The prison also accommodates offenders on remand.

The prison was originally an army hospital in the 1860s during the Taranaki land wars. The site was converted to a prison later that decade and has been in use ever since.

And Mt Crawford:

Wellington Prison was built in 1927 and replaced the original Terrace Gaol in central Wellington.

A third prison hasn’t yet been named but Waikeria is a pretty nasty old style type facility.

Nonetheless the enlightened liberals in the Labour party seem to want to keep these old, draughty, cold prisons open.

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