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Thursday, August 27, 2009

National start rape pens


Shipping container cells to be rolled out
Corrections Minister Judith Collins is tipped to announce today a rollout of shipping container cells to cope with a burgeoning prison population. Corrections has been trialling four prototype cells at Rimutaka Prison and Mrs Collins has made it clear that she sees shipping containers as a low-cost solution to the prison muster crisis. The containers cost $63,000 to convert, a fraction of the $643,000 cost per bed at the newly built Springhill Prison in Meremere, south of Auckland. Corrections say the containers can be built quickly, potentially using prison labour.

With four prisoners crammed into each of these draconian shipping container cells, they will quickly become rape pens for the weakest out of the four. The size and number of these containers will make them impossible to monitor and there are no emergency alarms in any of them. The inhumanity that is greenlighting this abomination is based on cost savings for a prison nation National are more than happy to help build.

National are putting into place the foundations of an empire of suffering whose septic wound will slowly seep back into society to choke us on our self righteous vengeance. The utter predictability of such base cost cutting motives is the thing to be ashamed of, the ignorant red necks win again.

10 Comments:

At 27/8/09 7:14 am, Blogger expat said...

Why are these "rape pens" any more likely to be "rape pens" than other cells?

 
At 27/8/09 7:20 am, Blogger Bomber said...

Cheers for the comment. Currently most prisoners are in a cell on their own, we have had to start double bunking due to the raw meat law and order policy National and ACT endorse sending more NZers into our prison nation. These new cells will be removed from the actual prison, they will be on the grounds of the prison, making monitoring what happens inside overnight much more difficult AND National adn ACT plan to cram 4 prisoners into each cell.

 
At 27/8/09 8:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does it say they are going to put 4 in a cell?

Certainly not from the link you provided?

 
At 27/8/09 8:44 am, Blogger Bomber said...

4 cells in each container double bunked is the plan, it may be cut down to 3 cells double bunked depending on costs.

 
At 27/8/09 10:48 am, Blogger Jeff said...

Again showing how fail our punishment system is. You need two types of prisions. Those for violent criminals who are a danger to society, hence they are locked up. These should be single cell etc.

The second should be low security places for those who committed low level or non violent crime. There primary purpose should be to rehabilitate, teach useful skills etc, whilst still acting as a deterant due to reduced liberties while there. These places could pretty much operate as boarding houses, prisioner could work, earn etc. The deterant from escaping etc would be going to a traditional prision when caught.

We need to get away from the mindset that all criminals need to be locked up. Really only the violent or dangerous ones should be in traditional jails really.

 
At 27/8/09 3:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Currently most prisoners are in a cell on their own, we have had to start double bunking due to the raw meat law and order policy National and ACT endorse sending more NZers into our prison nation."

I'd say this is incorrect. There are numerous instances of double bunking already. It is already a reality therefore your claims of rape cells are invalid.

 
At 27/8/09 3:59 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

I are wrong anon, the first time the Government mentioned double bunking was December 2nd 2008, it isn't wide spread and the container units are supposed to be the offset, however prison numbers are rising so quickly they will look to double bunk the cells. If what you claim was true anon the following news stories would be wrong wouldn't they?

Violence fears as prisons fill up
The new Government's hardline stance on crime means more inmates may have to share cells, increasing the risk of prison violence. National talked tough on bail and parole during the election, but now concedes that a new prison might not be built soon enough to meet its tough-on-crime policies. Corrections Minister Judith Collins said she had received a commitment from the department's chief executive, Barry Matthews, to house any increased muster in existing prisons. Ms Collins would not go into details, but said double-bunking - housing two inmates in one cell - could be a solution.
2/12/08

 
At 27/8/09 4:00 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Inmates faced with two in a cell
Prison inmates could soon find themselves forced to share a room, as the Corrections Department talks with staff about putting two beds into every standard prison cell. Corrections Association president Beven Hanlon said the move would add an extra 950 beds to the jail system, covering expected growth in prisoner numbers in the next 18 months.
He said the move - known as double-bunking - would be on top of new prisons, and would be permanent. The extra beds would be added in the four new jails opened in the past four years. Putting two prisoners in each cell has previously been rejected by the Corrections Department as it believed the standard 6.5sq m cell was not suitable for two people. Such close-quarter living had the potential to cause "issues of inmate compatibility and tensions", the department has said. The proposal has horrified criminologist Greg Newbold, who himself spent time in prison. He said the plan would be "disastrous", and lead to increased violence towards inmates and staff. "When you're locked up with someone you can't get away from [or] with someone you may detest, people will explode in that type of environment," Dr Newbold said. "It's the worst thing they can possibly do. It leads to homosexual rape and bullying in cells, and dehumanises the inmate. "Any inmate doing a long term knows the hour you look forward to is lock-up time - time on your own without hindrance from another inmate." Dr Newbold has researched prisons in the US and Australia, where cell-sharing is common. In Louisiana, he observed five-bunk stacking, as well as dormitory-style rooms with 100 to 200 people inside. As well as rapes, stabbings were also common in such environments, he said. "It is a cheap and nasty solution. The beginning of the decline of Corrections in this country."

10/3/09

 
At 27/8/09 4:00 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Double bunking proposed: union
The prison officers union say its members have walked out of meetings today with senior Corrections Department management in protest at proposals to double bunk cells in the country's four newest prisons. The officers walked out of meetings at Auckland Women's Prison and at Spring Hill Prison today, said Corrections Association president Beven Hanlon tonight. "At a time when public servants are being told there is no money and there will be no pay increases, the prison officers were being told by a highly paid private consultant that their workloads were going to increase, they were going to be placed in higher risk situations and there will be no reward." When the Government was asking for constraint, the prison officers could not understand why senior corrections management needed to employ a private consultant to do their talking for them, he said.
16/4/09

These dated news stories CLEARLY show that double bunking is being proposed and not as widespread as you are pretending anon, and that the rape pens issue is one identified within the second news story.

As I was saying, National are putting into place the foundations of an empire of suffering whose septic wound will slowly seep back into society to choke us on our self righteous vengeance. The utter predictability of such base cost cutting motives is the thing to be ashamed of, the ignorant red necks win again.

 
At 27/8/09 4:35 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Oh and this from today...

Containers would be a mix of single and double cells.

The department was also rolling out double bunking at prisons, aiming to add 1000 beds to the system.

Prison guards' union, the Corrections Association of New Zealand, is taking the department to the Employment Court over the double bunking issue, saying it breaches collective agreements.

Mr Matthews said the extra beds were being put into cells but the department would have to await the court decision before inmates were moved.

Mr Matthews said there was already double bunking at some prisons in New Zealand – 21 per cent of cells had two inmates.


There you go 21% is NOT widespread, indeed corrections are taking the issue to the employment court as they argue it breaches saftey issues. This shipping container plan intends to make it widespread and as the second story points out, rape will be the mains concern, so yes, these are rape pens that National are building.

 

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