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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.

Police or prison guard attacks set to earn tougher sentences

Police or prison guard attacks set to earn tougher sentences
Wellington, July 6 NZPA - Making attacking police officers and prison guards an aggravating offence is a positive step, says the Police Association, but there needs to be more respect for law enforcers.

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.

Penal reform activists attack `three strikes' law

Wellington, May 26 NZPA - Penal reformers say the "three strikes" legislation passed by Parliament is a blot on the judicial landscape and is diverting attention from rehabilitation.

Labour, Maori Parties Biggest Losers If Prison Voting Scrapped

Wellington, Feb 11 NZPA - A huge proportion of votes lost prisoners are stopped from voting in elections will be in Labour and Maori Party strongholds, a prison reform group says.

Labour, Maori Parties Biggest Losers If Prison Voting Scrapped

Wellington, Feb 11 NZPA - A huge proportion of votes lost prisoners are stopped from voting in elections will be in Labour and Maori Party strongholds, a prison reform group says.

No Support From Maori On "Three Strikes" Law

Wellington, Jan 20 NZPA - The Maori Party has blasted the proposed "three strikes" legislation, saying it shows the Government is hidebound by political rhetoric on crime and punishment that has no factual basis.

Government Announces Three-Strike Policy

By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, Jan 19 NZPA - Repeat violent criminals could get a maximum sentence with no parole under the Government's three-strike policy announced today.

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