2 Jul 2018

Kelvin Davis had not seen prison forecast data before Waikeria announcement

From Morning Report, 7:17 am on 2 July 2018

The prison population is being forecast to rise at double the rate previously thought. The latest ten-year projections come from the Ministry of Justice, and are 2000 higher than previous projections.

Despite these forecasts, the government scrapped plans for a mega-prison at Waikeria and instead announced a smaller prison with a mental health unit.

The Corrections Minister is Kelvin Davis. He tells Guyon Espiner the numbers are already tracking below the forecast of growth from the Ministry of Justice.