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.

This is why Benjamin wants me to view the CCTV footage of him getting his skull crushed with a pool ball. This is how Alex got thrown over a balcony and your department can’t find any CCTV footage of the event.

What about Stewart? The guy whose leg is an ulcerated septic mess.

Your department told him he has to pay for his bandages. Where do you expect him to find $600 a week in prison? Do you even care that the medical professional says he faces an unnecessary amputation? Has it occurred to you that he might actually be quite attached to his leg? He has no need for a bonecarving from his own tibia.

But back to the whistleblower.

What are you going to do about the other dodgy practices alleged in that transcript Judith? Oops, sorry, you didn’t tell anyone that there are more allegations did you? My bad.

Are you going to do anything about the deviant procedures the whistleblower describes? Are you concerned about the eight year old boy’s mental health after what he was forced to witness by your staff? Do you even care? Are you going to demand changes to the protocols your staff use to protect children? Is ritual humiliation of visitors a part of staff training, or did they come up with that all by themselves?

Are you going to investigate the other icky stuff?

Understand something Judith, I will protect my source.

Except for the whitleblowers’ names you have all the information you need in the transcript to deal with the issues.

Don’t try the old “I need the actual recording” distraction. That’s irrelevant. Focus on the corruption.

I’m happy to talk to Police again about the continuing problems within the prison system. Remember the May 12 report I made to Police and named three Corrections Officers allegedly involved in some really dodgy stuff. Can you confirm, is that issue being investigated or has it just disappeared into a black hole never to be mentioned again?

Even a little bit of feedback would be appreciated, I don’t expect details.

People need to be assured that if crime on the outside is unacceptable, then crime on the inside is also unacceptable. They need to be assured that they can blow the whistle on extortion and corruption and that something will be done and they won’t be persecuted for it. They need to be assured that if prisoners are expected to sort their crap out while incarcerated, that Corrections too will sort their crap out.

It’s time people had a voice that rises above pompous posturing and pathetic threats.

If you created a safe environment where prisoners and families were able to tell you about what’s wrong with your department, they wouldn’t need to come to me, I wouldn’t go to the media and you wouldn’t be embarrassed.

I hope you do start to sort things out Judith because I can see that when I am Minister of Corrections I’ll have a bloody big mess to fix up.


Pointless posturing from Davis as he’s trying to paper over the cracks. He sounds like he is panicking that he might actually be under the hammer for withholding in formation in a criminal investigation. He can’t claim source protection, there is no such thing for MPs, only journalists. He should present his “evidence” or shut up.

As for him being Minister of Corrections, that’s going to require several miracles to occur, the least of which is that he’s going to be re-elected in a climate where there is no Kim Dotcom supported Hone to get rid of.  Then he’d need a fairly high list placing, as under the current numbers very few Labour list MPs will return to parliament.  Then he’s need to be able to get the job ahead of anyone from the Greens or NZ First.  And then he would need to be picked by his own party for that role.  A role in which he has been championing the criminals, and not the public.

Oh, and explaining is losing.


– Kelvin Davis, via Facebook

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