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More to come in Treasury's splurge on consultants

More to come in Treasury's splurge on consultants
Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - Treasury accounts show that though the department's controversial spending on outside consultants soared in the year to June 30, from $2.037 million in 2009 to $5.542m in 2010 -- they had actually budgeted to spend a further couple of million dollars on consultants.

Only half of prisoners with serious mental health treated

By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Only half of New Zealand prisoners suffering from serious mental health illness are being treated, despite there being room to accommodate them.

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights

MPs risk dismissing Bill of Rights over prison vote rights
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - A bill to strip prisoners on short sentences of their rights to vote should be scrapped unless MPs want to show they have no respect for the Bill of Rights, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner says.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Wellington, July 16 NZPA - A report saying the Corrections Department should no longer be responsible for prison healthcare has been hailed by an inmates' rights lobbyist as an important and significant contribution to health policy.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Government should consider transferring prison health care out of the Corrections Department and into the health sector, a National Health Committee report into improving the health of prisoners says.

Corrections Department to be biggest

Corrections Department to be biggest
Wellington, July 2 NZPA - The Corrections Department will be the largest government department within a few years, Finance Minister Bill English said.

Minister "macho" over prisoner smoking ban

Minister "macho" over prisoner smoking ban
By Maggie Tait and Laura McQuillan of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Changes to ban smoking in prisons do not need to be so sudden, Labour leader Phil Goff says, as concerns are raised the move will increase violence behind bars.

Govt butting out smoking in jails

Govt butting out smoking in jails
By Maggie Tait and Laura McQuillam of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Former prison manager Celia Lashlie is backing prison staff union the Corrections Association over its concerns banning smoking will see more violence in jails.

No smoking for prisoners in a year's time

No smoking for prisoners in a year's time
Wellington, June 28 NZPA - Prisoners will have a year to adjust to not being able to smoke in jail but after that new inmates will have to go cold turkey.

Programmes needed to help prisoners quit

Wellington, June 28 NZPA - A comprehensive cessation programme must be available to prisoners if smoking is banned in jails, the Rethinking Crime and Punishment group says.

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