Justice advocacy group JustSpeak is welcoming the
Ombudsman’s wide ranging investigation into the Department
of Corrections failure to meaningfully respond to calls for
change, announced today.
“Despite years of promises
under the Hōkai Rangi strategy of transformational
change, conditions inside Corrections facilities are
creating more harm and failing to support people onto
pathways back to their communities.
“In the past four
months alone there have been multiple exposures of inhumane
and unacceptable treatment and conditions for people inside
prison, in particular at Waikeria Prison and Auckland
Women’s. These range from insufficient food and bedding,
violence and ill-treatment, to cruel and inhumane
“This Government has made laudable
commitments to reducing the mass incarceration of Māori –
but this cannot be achieved while thousands of people are
subjected to inhumane conditions and denied access to
meaningful rehabilitation services or support.
order to build a justice system that enables accountability
and healing, the Government’s promised changes must get