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People Against Prisons Aotearoa says Māori and Pasifika prisoners are more likely to be locked down in solitary confinement for punishment, and that affects their prospects for rehabilitation.

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has issued a highly critical report on Whanganui Prison, where he says there are high levels of violence and intimidation and widespread use of solitary confinement.

PAPA spokesperson Kate McIntyre says that’s in breach of international human rights’ standards, and leads to a higher risk of suicide and self harm.

"Māori and Pasifika prisoners make up about 62 percent of prisoners in solitary confinement overall and makes up to 80 percent of the cases where solitary confinement is used for punishment. Being kept in solitary confinement increases your likelihood of recidivism after being released from prison which means Māori and Pasifika people are more likely to be recalled or incarcerated again, hurting their chances of reintegrating with their community," she says.


PAPA wants to see a law change to stop Corrections using solitary confinement.

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