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Review launched into tied down prisoner

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

A review is being launched into the care of a prisoner who was strapped to a bed at Auckland's maximum security prison.

The Department of Corrections' chief inspector will undertake the case review of a "highly complex and difficult" prisoner at Paremoremo Prison who had at times posed "a significant risk to himself and staff".

Concerns were raised about the prisoner's treatment by the Ombudsman after the prisoner was strapped to the bed following several self-harm incidents.

Corrections chief executive Ray Smith said the department was committed to preventing unnatural deaths and life-threatening incidents of self harm in prisons.

"But despite our efforts to reduce suicide and self harm in prison it is incredibly difficult to stop someone who is determined to harm themselves," he said.

He decided to launch a review given the time and frequency it was deemed necessary to use a tie-down bed in the prisoner's treatment, he said,

The Ombudsman, which has independent oversight of the management of prisons, will work with the chief inspector throughout the course of the review.

It is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Mr Smith said Corrections was undertaking a general review into the use of tie-down beds.

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