11 Jun 2018

Corrections blames gang violence for higher handcuff use

From Morning Report, 7:20 am on 11 June 2018

Prison guards are handcuffing inmates five times more often than they used to, blaming rising gang violence. At Auckland Prison's maximum security unit inmates are now being routinely handcuffed when they're taken to the exercise yard or the shower block following a series of random attacks. But a prison reform group says cuffing is form of violence itself and and in many cases unjustified. Siobhan Wilson reports.

For more on the state of gangs in New Zealand, see RNZ Insight's story.