23 Mar 2021

Corrections Association frustrated govt making changes for inmates, but not doing anything for assaults on Corrections officers

From Morning Report, 6:15 am on 23 March 2021

The Corrections Association is frustrated the Government is moving quickly to improve the treatment of prisoners but nothing is being done about assaults on prison officers.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has announced there will be a major overhaul of the way Auckland Women's Prison handles inmates, as well as a review of all women's prisons.

It comes after RNZ revealed how a number of inmates were being treated at the prison.

One of the women, Mihi Bassett, was pepper sprayed in her cell multiple times, had to lie on the ground to be fed and was held unlawfully in the prison pound for months.

A judge described those practices as "degrading", "cruel" and "inhumane".

Both Minister Davis and the Department of Corrections have apologised.

Corrections Association president Alan Whitley spoke to reporter Harry Lock.