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Mega Prison off agenda, but


OK, mega prison will not be built, but as yet there is no clarity over how current overcrowding will be safely resolved.

The segment below discusses some aspects, but there is much, much more to consider. Issues which neither National nor Labour really seemed to have a grip on.


News the government won’t be building a mega-prison is being met with cautious optimism by the criminal justice advocacy group JustSpeak. The previous government had planned to expand Waikeria prison to fit up to 3000 extra beds. On Sunday Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis confirmed the mega prison won’t be built – but what will take its place is yet to be decided. The Corrections Association, which represents prison officers, believes the redevelopment must go ahead. We hear from its spokesperson Alan Whitley, and JustSpeak director Tania Sawicki Mead.

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