New OPCAT follow-up prison inspection reports
December 5, 2017
Read our follow-up inspection reports into Arohata, Manawatu and Rolleston Prisons.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today released follow-up inspection reports of Arohata, Manawatu and Rolleston Prisons, noting that more than half the original recommendations had been fully or partly achieved.
The inspections are undertaken by the Ombudsman’s OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) team. While monitoring and follow-up are ongoing, a formal follow-up visit is made between a year and 18 months after the initial inspection, with repeat recommendations made if needed.
The reports released today show that of 17 recommendations for improvement at Arohata Prison, four had been fully and three partially achieved. Twenty-two recommendations were made at Manawatu Prison; half of these had been achieved, with another four partially achieved. At Rolleston Prison, five of the 11 recommendations had been fully achieved.
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