D Block

Cry babies of the week: Maximum security inmates

Kirsty Johnston has a winner on her hands when reporting on this one

Child-sex offenders are eating steak and enjoying picnics, sunbathing and playing tennis at Auckland Prison, say jealous maximum security inmates.

Corrections has confirmed residents of Te Piriti, the therapeutic unit for paedophiles, were treated to a BBQ with their families and friends last November as part of their rehabilitation programme.

The event was to assist with building social relationships and help the men’s reintegration, the department said.

Te Piriti is one of the country’s two specialist child-sex offender units, which aim to reduce re-offending. Inmates who complete the programme are around four times less likely to offend again.

However, an inmate in the notorious D Block maximum-security wing said the favourable treatment of the paedophiles – who were already unpopular with the general inmate population – had caused anger. “Since Corrections removed the vegetation around their compound, D Block prisoners have had a good view of it,” he said in an email.

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