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Corrections' failings with at-risk inmates

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

CORRECTIONS' INCORRECT MOVES WITH AT-RISK PRISONERS

* Some being restrained by their legs, arms and chest over prolonged periods; and in waist restraints with their hands cuffed behind their backs

* Monitored by cameras including while using the toilet, with the monitors visible for anyone to see

* Some spending 24 hours a day alone, without social contact or even reading or writing materials

* An Otago Prison inmate kept in a waist restraint with his hands cuffed behind his back - only removed for two hours during the day, and every four hours at night

* He was also locked in his cell for 21 hours a day, wasn't seen by a psychologist and his medication stopped on entering prison. His mental health deteriorated and his self-harm escalated

* An Auckland Prison inmate secured to a tie-down bed for 16 hours at a time, for 37 nights in a row

* Tie-down beds being used as a threat to force compliance.

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