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Chief Ombudsman calls for Whanganui Prison to urgently address inmate violence and intimidation

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Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is calling on Whanganui Prison to take urgent steps to curb violence and intimidation among inmates at the facility.

The Chief Ombudsman's report has been tabled in Parliament this afternoon after his inspectors made a full, unannounced inspection of Whanganui Prison in February. 

Mr Boshier found there was a high number of violent incidents notified each month, and this has been increasing. Two of the Prison’s units had the highest number of recorded assaults of all the Department of Corrections’ lower north region facilities.

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