scoop.co.nz 14 Mar, 2021 03:00 am

Prison Violence Out Of Control On Labour’s Watch

Prison Violence Out Of Control On Labour’s Watch
The number of prisoner assaults on corrections officers has skyrocketed in recent years with more than 2000 incidents taking place on the Labour Government’s watch, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. Figures released to National ...

Figures released to National show the year to June 2020 was a stand-out with 889 assaults.This is a 92 per cent increase on year to June 2017 – the last full financial year of the previous National Government – when there were 463 assaults.Data from the first seven months of the year to June 2021 suggest we are on track for a similar or greater number of assaults on corrections officers, Mr Brown says.Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults have also increased significantly with 1407 of these in the year to June 2020 compared to 1177 in the year to June 2017.

The number of prisoner assaults on corrections officers has skyrocketed in recent years with more than 2000 incidents taking place on the Labour Government’s watch, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.This is a concern because of the risk they pose for corrections officers who have to break up fights, Mr Brown says.

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