Corrections embarrass another minister, again

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A gang member has been discovered working in a prison and an inquiry has been ordered, it has been reported.

One News reports the Black Power member was given permission by the Corrections Department to voluntarily work in Whanganui Prison teaching wellness and wellbeing to Maori inmates.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins wasn’t notified until the network raised questions.

A member of Black Power has been working inside one of New Zealand’s prisons. Photo: Facebook

Now she wants a review of all prisons.

Yeah, funny that.  Collins has discovered the Corrections Department are not living up to their “no surprises” deal, so now she’s got to go digging.

“I spoke very firmly with the chief executive on Thursday when this matter was raised with me and he is undertaking a review of other prisons as well,” she said.

“I have no tolerance when it comes to members of gangs being involved in our prisons, other than try to get people away from gangs.”

Having Judith Collins as your minister is awesome, because she’s got your back.  She’ll work hard and go to the wall to ensure you are looked after during budget time.   She’ll also take a lot of the pressure on herself while her departments are playing catch-up.

However, Corrections are quickly getting to the point where Collins will have no choice but to sort them out the hard way.  So far she’s inherited a Serco mess, the GPS bracelets have turned into a running joke, and I can assure you that discovering Black Power had Corrections’ permission to work at a prison is bringing the camel’s straw-carrying capacity near its limit.

If Corrections continue to back-stab the minister, through media leaks and using the corrections union, there is going to be (career) blood on the floor, and it won’t be the minister’s.

 

– NZN via Yahoo! News


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