Serious and Sexual Assualts by Prison Staff

B E Goodsir made this Official Information request to Department of Corrections

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From: B E Goodsir

Dear Department of Corrections,

I would like to make a request under the Official Information Act.

Could you please provide me with all available data on the following:

1.The number of complaints over the past 5 years, made by prisoners incarcerated in New Zealand, of Serious Assault or Sexual Assault by Prison Staff.
a. Please provide a breakdown of this information by prison and gender of prisoner.
b. Please provide the number of these complaints which were investigated by the Department of Corrections or any other body or company responsible for the employment of Prison staff.
c. Please provide the number of these complaints which were upheld.
d. Please provide the results of the investigations.

2. Please provide the number of prison staff, currently employed in New Zealand, against whom a complaint of serious or sexual assault has been made.

Additionally, could you please provide me with the following documents:

1. Any policies relating to how a complaint by a prisoner against prison staff can be laid, including copies of any forms required to be filled out.

2. Any policies or procedures implemented by the Department of Corrections or any other body or company responsible for the employment of Prison staff for investigating these complaints.

3. Any policies or procedures to be implemented in the event of a complaint, to ensure the safety of an incarcerated complainant.

Yours faithfully,

B E Goodsir

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From: Info@Corrections
Department of Corrections

Dear B E Goodsir,

 

Thank you for your email of 21 September 2016, requesting information
relating to assaults by prison staff.

 

Your request will be considered under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Ministerial Services

Department of Corrections Ara Poutama Aotearoa

Mayfair House | 44-52 The Terrace | Private Box 1206 | Wellington

 

Reducing re-offending by 25%

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From: Info@Corrections
Department of Corrections


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Good afternoon,

 

Please see attached correspondence from the Department of Corrections.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Ministerial Services

Department of Corrections Ara Poutama Aotearoa

Mayfair House | 44-52 The Terrace | Private Box 1206 | Wellington

 

Reducing re-offending by 25%

 

 

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Ti Lamusse left an annotation ()

I hope you complained to the ombudsman about this answer

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B E Goodsir left an annotation ()

A complain to the Ombudsman has been submitted.

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B E Goodsir left an annotation ()

This request is still being reviewed by the Ombudsman, the investigation is ongoing.

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B E Goodsir left an annotation ()

Following an investigation, the Ombudsman has upheld my complaint and the Department will be releasing the information to me and changing its Administrative procedures to ensure this information is collected in the future.

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Rachael left an annotation ()

I am glad the Ombudsman was able to resolve this one - would you be willing to upload the response from the Ombudsman, or the reasoning they used? It would be helpful to know their reasoning to apply to other OIA requests. I would also love to see the data when you receive it

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B E Goodsir left an annotation ()

I only have excerpts from the draft opinion at the moment so I'll upload the final opinion when I receive it.

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