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Report on an unannounced follow up inspection of Otago Corrections Facility - June 2019

Prisoners / Corrections
Peter Boshier
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From 28 January to 1 February 2019 my Inspectors (whom I have authorised to carry out visits of places of detention under COTA) visited Otago Corrections Facility (the Prison) to follow up on recommendations made in a previous OPCAT report (May 2016). There were 480 prisoners in the Prison on the first day of inspection.

During the follow up inspection, my Inspectors visited all units and spoke with a selection of managers and staff across the site.

The team looked for progress in implementing the recommendations made in 2016, and identified any additional issues that need addressing.

My Inspectors provided verbal feedback to the Deputy Prison Director on 31 January 2019, outlining initial observations. A provisional report was sent to the Prison Director and Corrections Services National Office for comment.

Sixteen recommendations were made following the full OPCAT inspection in May 2016. The follow up inspection found of these 16 recommendations, five had been achieved, five partially achieved and six not achieved. Seven repeat and two new recommendations have been made as a consequence of the January 2019 follow up inspection.

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