7 Feb 2024

Number of prisoners kept in special units increasing

From Morning Report, 8:25 am on 7 February 2024

The number of prisoners kept at special Department of Corrections units, is increasing after a slump during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former prisoners describe verbal abuse and inhumane treatment at the Intervention and Support Units, which are used to house mentally ill prisoners.

But the Department of Corrections says part of the problem, is a lack of qualified staff.

Felix Walton has more.