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COVID-19 policies and practices

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From: Grace Gordon

Dear Department of Corrections,

I am interested in learning about the Department's response to COVID-19 and the response to the Ombudsman's recommendations.

1) Has the Department of Corrections conducted any research into the management of COVID-19 in prisons?
1a) If yes, please provide me with those research documents.

2) Has the Department consulted research from other jurisdictions about policies and practices to manage COVID-19?
2a) If so, please provide me with the names of these pieces of research, where I can find them and when these projects were completed?

3) How has this research informed the Department’s COVID-19 response?

4) What rationale was used for keeping Spring Hill prison in level 3 while the wider Waikato community was moved to level 2?
4a) What policy guidance and research informed this decision?

5) In the Office of the Ombudsman’s report into the management of COVID-19 in prisons, it is stated that the Department has accepted all the Chief Ombudsman’s recommendations. Please advise me on the steps that the Department has made to ensure the recommendations have been fulfilled.
5a) Please outline the steps taken in response to each specific recommendation.

Yours faithfully,

Grace Gordon

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Hello,

 

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At our current Alert Levels we are focused on ensuring the safety and
wellbeing of the people we are managing, our staff, and the community – as
a result, there may be a delay in responding to your email.

 

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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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We are in receipt of your email.

 

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.

 

We will respond to you in due course.

 

Ngā mihi | Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa

a: National Office, Mayfair House, 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington 6011

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