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Maori Party Pushes For Separate Prison

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Pita Sharples. Pic: NZPA
Pita Sharples. Pic: NZPA

Wellington, April 15 NZPA - The Maori Party is promoting the concept of a separate Maori prison with a strong focus on rehabilitation, it was reported today.

The New Zealand Herald report said Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples wants a 60-bed institution in an urban centre where inmates could prove they were serious about turning their lives around.

It would be run by a runanga, or committee, involving local iwi and inmates would be involved in the day-to-day operation of the prison.

Under the concept, inmates could go flatting and become involved in community projects.

Dr Sharples said there was no reason for public concern.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said she was keen on the idea.

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