Double-bunking and sexual assault 2020

Mark Hanna made this Official Information request to Department of Corrections

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koutou,

In August 2017 (ref C88400), I asked the Department of Corrections for the number of prisoners in each prison who had been convicted of a sexual crime and were currently double-bunked. I was told that, as at 31 July 2017, 670 prisoners who had ever been convicted of a sexual offence were double bunked across New Zealand.

I would like to request comparable information, so I can see how the practice of double bunking prisoners with convictions of sexual offences has changed over the last three years.

Please release the following information, broken down by prison:

1. The number of prisoners currently kept in double-bunked cells who:
1a. Are serving a sentence for a conviction of a sexual offence
1b. Have one or more historical convictions for a sexual offence
1c. Have either current or historical convictions for a sexual offence

For clarification on part 1c of my request, I mean for it to be a total of prisoners counted in parts 1a or 1b. I understand that some prisoners kept in double-bunked cells may be serving sentences for a conviction of a sexual offence and also have one or more such historical convictions, so the sum of the numbers of prisoners requested in parts 1a and 1b would count those prisoners twice.

To ensure this information is comparable to that provided in 2017, I would prefer that the same definition of a sexual offence be used. As per the response letter I received on 6 November 2017:

“A sexual offence is any offence included in division 03 of the Australia and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification 2011, accessible at: http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/...

However, if there is a new definition of sexual offence which you believe would be reasonable to use instead, I would be happy to discuss this and its potential implications for comparing the two data sets.

Please provide this information in an accessible, searchable format. I would prefer to receive the requested figures in a machine-readable spreadsheet format, such as CSV or XLSX.

If any part of my request is unclear, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If any of the information that I have requested is unavailable or would be difficult to retrieve, but similar information might be readily available, I would be happy to discuss altering or refining my request.

If any part of my request is to be refused, under section 19(a)(ii) of the Official Information Act please provide the grounds in support of the reason for refusal.

Also, if the time limit for this request is extended under section 15A(1)(b) of the Official Information Act, please explain what consultations are necessary to make a decision on my request, why they are necessary, and why they could not be reasonably completed within the original time limit.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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The 2017 request I mentioned is also available on FYI: https://fyi.org.nz/request/6465-double-b...

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Department of Corrections

Hello,

 

Thank you for contacting the Department of Corrections; this is an
automatic reply to confirm we have received your email – please do not
reply to this e mail.

 

Depending on the nature of your request you may not receive an official
response for up to 20 working days.

 

Official Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1993 requests received on or
after 27 November 2020 will take into account the Christmas period.

The period 25 December 2020 to 18 January 2020 inclusive is not considered
“working days”. That means any requests submitted on 27 November 2020 or
later may take a bit longer than expected for a response.

Further information can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman’s website
at  [1]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

 

Be assured we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

 

If you are a friend or family member of someone in prison, you can find
some useful information [2]here.

 

If you are requesting information we are required to comply with the
Privacy Act 1993, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Victims Rights
Act 2002.

 

In most cases we are required to ask the person in prison for their
permission to release their information to you.  If you do not want the
person to know you are asking about them, please let us know as soon as
possible.

 

If you are a victim, you will find information about the Victim
Notification Register on our website [3]here.

 

If you are emailing regarding a media query, please contact
[4][email address]

 

Our website, [5]http://www.corrections.govt.nz/ provides up to date news
and information about our work, you can also follow us on [6]Facebook and
[7]Twitter.

 

Kind regards,

The Ministerial Services Team

[8][Department of Corrections request email]

 

 

 

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your email of 27 November 2020 requesting information
relating to prisoners kept in double-bunked cells.

 

Please be advised your request has been received, and will be considered
under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details
redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on Corrections’
website.

 

Ngā mihi | Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa

a: National Office, Freyberg Building, 20 Aitken Street, Wellington, 6011

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From: Mark Hanna

Kia ora,

Sorry, I just noticed that I'd apparently mis-typed the URL in my initial request. Unfortunately, because the response letter I received in 2017 had been printed and then scanned to convert it from text into an image, I had to re-type the URL out by hand.

This URL appears to be correct, though: http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/...

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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Kia ora Mark,

Please see attached correspondence from the Department of Corrections.

Nga mihi,

Ministerial Services
Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa
a: National Office, Freyberg Building, 20 Aitken Street, Wellington, 6011

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koe,

Thank you for your letter of extension. Given a whole extra 20 working days are needed, I'm disappointed that the Department of Corrections has taken until the original legal due date of this request to notify me of this extension. Though I am aware that the Official Information Act does not require that notices of extension must be communicated as soon as reasonably practicable, I would still have hoped to be informed of any extension soon after it became clear that it would be necessary. It seems very unlikely to me that the necessity of this extension of an additional 20 working days only became apparent to the Department of Corrections today.

Please explain to me what specific consultations are necessary to make a decision on this request, and why they could not reasonably have been completed within the original time limit.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: Info@Corrections
Department of Corrections

Hello,

 

Thank you for contacting the Department of Corrections; this is an
automatic reply to confirm we have received your email – please do not
reply to this e mail.

 

If you are requesting information we are required to comply with the
Privacy Act 2020, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Victims Rights
Act 2002.

 

Depending on the nature of your request you may not receive an official
response for up to 20 working days.

 

Official Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 2020 requests received on or
after 27 November 2020 will take into account the Christmas period.

The period 25 December 2020 to 18 January 2020 inclusive is not considered
“working days”. That means any requests submitted on 27 November 2020 or
later may take a bit longer than expected for a response.

Further information can be found on the Office of the Ombudsman’s website
at  [1]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

 

Be assured we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

 

All media queries should be sent to [2][email address].

 

If you are a friend or family member of someone in prison, you can find
some useful information [3]here.

 

In most cases we are required to ask the person in prison for their
permission to release their information to you.  If you do not want the
person to know you are asking about them, please let us know as soon as
possible.

 

If you are a victim, you will find information about the Victim
Notification Register on our website [4]here.

 

Our website, [5]http://www.corrections.govt.nz/ provides up to date news
and information about our work, you can also follow us on [6]Facebook and
[7]Twitter.

 

Kind regards,

The Ministerial Services Team

[8][Department of Corrections request email]

 

 

 

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Kia ora Mark,

Corrections endeavours to provide responses to Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) requests as soon as possible and in accordance with statutory timeframes. To enable a response to your OIA request, consultation with several business units across Corrections needs to take place. The timeframe has therefore been extended by 20 working days in accordance with section 15A(1)(b) of the OIA.

Ngā mihi,

Ministerial Services
Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa
a: National Office, Freyberg Building, 20 Aitken Street, Wellington, 6011

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From: Mark Hanna

Tēnā koe,

I asked you what specific consultations are necessary. Your answer of "several business units across Corrections" doesn't give much more detail than in the original notice of extension. Please explain to me what specific consultations are necessary to make a decision on this request, for example the names of those several business units.

If specific details can't be provided because Corrections has not yet established which specific consultations are necessary to make a decision on my request, I would appreciate being told that.

I would also appreciate an answer to my question as to why these consultations could not reasonably have been completed within the original time limit.

Ngā mihi,
Mark Hanna

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From: Info@Corrections
Department of Corrections

Hello,

 

Thank you for contacting the Department of Corrections; this is an
automatic reply to confirm we have received your email – please do not
reply to this e mail.

 

If you are requesting information we are required to comply with the
Privacy Act 2020, the Official Information Act 1982 and the Victims Rights
Act 2002.

 

Depending on the nature of your request you may not receive an official
response for up to 20 working days.

 

Be assured we will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.

 

If you are a friend or family member of someone in prison, you can find
some useful information [1]here.

 

In most cases we are required to ask the person in prison for their
permission to release their information to you.  If you do not want the
person to know you are asking about them, please let us know as soon as
possible.

 

All media queries should be sent to [2][email address].

 

If you are a victim, you will find information about the Victim
Notification Register on our website [3]here.

 

Our website, [4]http://www.corrections.govt.nz/ provides up to date news
and information about our work, you can also follow us on [5]Facebook and
[6]Twitter.

 

Kind regards,

The Ministerial Services Team

[7][Department of Corrections request email]

 

 

 

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