7 Sep 2020

Punitive culture at NZ's largest women's prison, internal review finds

From Morning Report, 7:16 am on 7 September 2020

New Zealand's largest women's prison has a punitive culture where staff are too quick to resort to using force and women are not getting proper health care, according to an internal Corrections review.

Auckland Region Women's Correctional Facility in Wiri has also breached the law multiple times by denying women at least an hour out of their cells each day - a minimum entitlement under the Corrections Act.

The review, released to RNZ under the Official Information Act, highlights poor conditions and dysfunctional management at the jail, which houses more than 400 of the country's 630 female prisoners.

Investigative Journalist Guyon Espiner reports.