It’s not hard labour, but it is a good start


National has announced that they will put prisoners to work.

Good stuff, it’s not hard labour but it’s a good start.

I attended a secondary school where the playing fields were carved out of rock by prison labour. I can’t see the problem, it worked in the past time to bring it back.

All of New Zealand’s state-run jails will be made into “working prisons” by 2017 if National is re-elected, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced this afternoon.

Mrs Tolley also unveiled plans to introduce drug addiction treatment for ex-prisoners during a visit to Wiri Prison in South Auckland with Prime Minister John Key.  

National signalled an increase in working prisons early last year, and confirmed today that the model would be expanded from three prisons to all 16 public prisons within four years.

Inmates would have structured 40-hour weeks which included work experience, skills training, education and drug and alcohol counselling or other rehabilitation programmes.

“The vast majority of prisoners don’t want to be sitting around in their cells doing nothing,” Mrs Tolley said.

“The working prisons model gives them the opportunity to learn good habits and take responsibility for their lives. And after a decent day’s work they are also more manageable for prison staff.”

Watch the left wing crim huggers show utter outrage that scumbag prisoners might actually have to do some work.


– NZ Herald

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