8 Apr 2020

NZ prisoners kept in solitary during Covid-19 outbreak, says prison reform group

From Morning Report, 7:53 am on 8 April 2020

New Zealand's treatment of prisoners during the Covid-19 outbreak meets the international definition of solitary confinement, according to a justice reform group.

Four families have now come forward telling RNZ that inmates across the country are being confined to their cells for 23 or more hours a day.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says his department is doing its best to keep Covid-19 out of jails and prisoners should take the issues up with guards if they are being denied minimum entitlements.

Here is investigative journalist Guyon Espiner.