About Us

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The Office of the Inspectorate works to ensure that all prisoners are treated in a way that is fair, safe, secure and humane.

The Inspectorate is part of the Department of Corrections, but is operationally independent to ensure objectivity and integrity. It is a critical part of the oversight of the Corrections system and operates under the Corrections Act 2004 and the Corrections Regulations 2005.

The Inspectorate:

  • carries out inspections of prisons
  • investigates complaints from prisoners and from offenders in the community
  • investigates all deaths of people in Corrections' custody
  • carries out other investigations where necessary
  • monitors situations where there are concerns

The Inspectorate is headed by a Chief Inspector and has a team of inspectors who carry out investigations and inspections.

It reports back to Corrections with findings and recommendations and aims to work with the Department to make improvements and ensure the good treatment of prisoners.

Our whakataukī

Mā te titiro me te whakarongo ka puta mai te māramatanga.
By looking and listening, we will gain insight.

Our values

  • Respect – we are considerate of the dignity of others
  • Integrity – we are ethical and do the right thing
  • Professionalism – we are competent and focused
  • Objectivity – we are open-minded and do not take sides
  • Diversity – we are inclusive and value difference

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