An inquiry into the escape of convicted paedophile and murderer Phillip John Smith shows a chain of failures by government departments enabled him to flee to Brazil, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Corrections underestimated Smith because they didn’t properly take into account the troubling psychological evaluations of him presented to the Parole Board.
A planned overhaul of CYF must include an evaluation of the availability of placements for youngsters caught up in the youth justice system, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The fact Child Youth and Family had nowhere to put an Auckland teenager is extraordinary.
An OIA revealing more than 600 dangerous incidents at a CYFs run youth justice facility in Christchurch, Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo, is proof of last month’s damning report by the Children’s Commissioner, but also shows that Ministers have known about these issues for years, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
"Information obtained by Labour reveals hundreds of incidents, including serious assaults, drug use, and self-harm at Te Puna Wai in the last year.
Further revelations that a Serco prison guard was coaching inmates on fight club techniques confirms a fully independent inquiry needs to take place, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The Minister’s statement today that a guard was coaching sparring techniques to inmates is completely shambolic.
“If brawling with prison inmates is considered coaching then health and safety processes need to be reviewed immediately.
The staggering number of offenders breaking their electronic monitoring conditions shows an urgent need for a major rethink of how Corrections and Police keep track of high-risk criminals, Labour’s Correctiona spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.
“A report out today shows there has been more than 15,500 breaches of electronic monitoring conditions since 2008.
A long overdue review of family violence laws is a major step forward in addressing New Zealand's disgraceful record of domestic abuse, but fails to address funding issues, Labour’s Associate Justice spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.
“New Zealand has one of the highest rates of family violence in the world with around 12 incidents reported to police every hour.
A planned change to the Coroners Act which means an inquest won’t be required when a death occurs in official care or custody is a backward step and weakens the important role coroners play, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The Coroner’s Amendment Bill has some major flaws.
The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“National has stood by Serco despite everything that has happened, even saying their performance was ‘of the highest level.’