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Labour suggests a prison for Maori

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/05/2017
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Labour's Kelvin Davis is floating the idea of having a prison for Maori, run by Maori.

He says Ngawha Prison in Northland would be a good choice.

"It would be an excellent place for something like this," he told Newshub.

The Te Tai Tokerau MP, who is Labour's corrections spokesman, says there are 18 prisons in New Zealand and one of them could be turned into a Maori prison run along Maori kaupapa lines.

A former inmate interviewed by Newshub said the concept could help reduce reoffending.

The current prison population is 9858 and 5077, or 52 per cent, are Maori.

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