Inspection report released for Tongariro Prison

The Office of the Inspectorate today released its inspection report for Tongariro Prison.

Inspections provide a ‘window into prisons’, giving early warning of emerging risks and challenges, and highlighting areas of innovation and good practice.

The report found that Tongariro Prison kept prisoners safe and staff treated prisoners in a humane and respectful manner. Levels of violence and intimidation were low, access to contraband was limited and staff-prisoner interactions were generally positive.

Prisoners had good access to telephones and family visits, with a range of activities, rehabilitation programmes, work experience and education programmes. Prisoners’ health and mental health needs were generally well met.

There were no significant issues with the quality and quantity of clothing, bedding or food, but prisoners were unhappy about transport conditions.

The inspection was carried out in April 2018.

Inspections are carried out against a set of healthy prison standards derived from United Nations guidelines on the treatment of people in detention (known as the Nelson Mandela Rules). These standards consider all aspects of prison life, with a particular focus on four guiding principles:

  • Safety: Prisoners are held safely
  • Respect: Prisoners are treated with respect for human dignity
  • Rehabilitation: Prisoners are able, and expect, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
  • Reintegration: Prisoners are prepared for release into the community and helped to reduce their likelihood of re-offending

Read the Tongariro Prison inspection report on our website.

Note: For context and completeness, this statement should be viewed alongside Corrections’ response to the release of the inspection reports for Tongariro Prison.