20 Jun 2014

Prisoner loses cell TV case

11:41 am on 20 June 2014

An Auckland prisoner has failed in her bid to keep her own television in her cell after a judge ruled it can be legally taken off her.

The Corrections Department is stopping inmates from having their own television sets because of concerns they can be used to hide banned items.

Kerryn Mitchell, who is in Auckland Women's Prison, went to the High Court to try to overturn plans for renting televisions to inmates.

Mitchell challenged whether the department could take away her property.

She was also opposed to paying $2 a week to rent a new TV.

But Justice Kós has ruled prisoners have no general entitlement to keep any particular item in their cell.