Oh come on, it's just a prisoners death in Prison
Plea for someone to answer for death of inmate
A Christchurch woman hopes someone will be held accountable for her inmate brother's death, despite "red alerts" about his risk of self-harm. Daniel Barry died in Christchurch Hospital after just one day in Christchurch Men's Prison, where he was placed in a segregated unit rather than the "at-risk" unit, despite a history of drug abuse, depression and suicide attempts. His sister, Tracy Barry, yesterday attended the start of the inquest into his death. She told The Press his death had devastated the family, and there were plenty of "red alerts" raised about her brother's self-harm risk. The 21-year-old died in Christchurch Hospital on November 29, 2008, after being found unconscious in the prison yard the previous day. Barry had been remanded in custody on charges including burglary and theft. The inquest was told Barry had made a suicide attempt four weeks before going to jail, partly because of his fear of imprisonment.
I think someone needs to explain to this sister that her Brother was in fact a 'prisoner' and this being NZ - we allow the anger created by a ratings driven crime myopic media to get twisted into hateful vengeance by politicians happy to manipulate that anger and as such we not only do not care about the outcomes for these prisoners being part of National's Private Prison Nation, we certainly don't care about the conditions they are kept in.
Not content to create a monster department to sell off to private corporations to make profit from imprisonment, the prisons aren't even looking after the health of the prisoners which in turn impacts on the repeat offending.
Think I'm wrong? Check out the hateful vengeance posted by many of the anonymous right wing trolls on this site in relation to my blog celebrating a Mother who didn't allow the hate to overcome her and was pleased a boyracer who had killed her child had avoided jail. The self righteous hatred shown by those anonymous right wing trolls for those showing any compassion is a miracle to read and gives an insight into the bankrupt thought process used on the right to scream for longer and longer and longer and longer sentences.
We must not let the hateful and frightened dictate social policy. The sadness here is a man in prison for burglary and theft is dead while in the care of the Government, listening to the sister of the dead man beg for NZ to care while so many don't is sobering.
MEANWHILE: Let's hope Crusher Collins doesn't get any ideas from the Russians...
Russia to introduce 'draconian' Minority Report-style law
Legislation will give security services powers to arrest people for crimes they have yet to commit Russian citizens can be issued official warnings about crimes that they have not yet committed under powers granted to the security services today. President Dmitry Medvedev signed off on a new law giving the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, the right to caution people suspected of preparing acts of extremism, or to jail them for obstructing the agency's work. The powers appear similar to those enjoyed by Precrime, the police unit in the 2002 Hollywood film Minority Report. "This is a draconian law reminiscent of our repressive past," said Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the Solidarity opposition movement.