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Default Wellington Prison New Zealand

Wellington Prison

Background

Wellington Prison (sometimes known as Mt Crawford Prison) is a prison for male medium security inmates, located on Miramar Peninsula, approximately 10 km from Wellington city.

This prison was built in 1927 to replace The Terrace Gaol in central Wellington. It caters for the inmate population from the greater Wellington area and holds up to 120 male inmates in two units.

Wellington, Arohata and Rimutaka Prisons together form the Wellington prison region.
Sentence management

The Department of Corrections provides a structured and integrated approach to managing offenders.

On arrival at prison, each inmate is assessed according to their risk of re-offending, the causes and influences of their offending behaviour, and their willingness to change. The assessment also looks at educational needs, health needs, special needs, and security risks.

A sentence plan is drawn up based on this assessment, focusing on giving the offender opportunities to break the cycle of re-offending. The plan may include programmes aimed at giving inmates the skills to deal with challenges they may face when they return to the community, such as budgeting, employment and relationships.

The process allows for the most appropriate form of intervention to be targeted to each offender. Interventions range from providing education and a career start for young offenders, to providing intensive programmes to those offenders motivated to address the causes of their offending.

Corrections has a strategy in place to minimise harm caused by drug use. The strategy aims to reduce the supply and demand of drugs in prison and the crime associated with it. To achieve the strategy, some of the methods used include visitor searches, vehicle checkpoints, use of drug dogs, a national 0800 JAILSAFE phone line, gathering crime related intelligence, liaison with the Police, and Alcohol and Drug inmate rehabilitation programmes.

All New Zealand prisons provide medical, dental, psychological and counselling services. Chaplains provide church services and Bible study groups.
Rehabilitation

A range of programmes has been developed either to improve motivation to change, address educative or employment needs or specifically address what drives an offender's offending behaviour.

The following programmes are offered at Wellington Prison:

* Straight Thinking - designed to assist offenders to address one of the main causes of their offending - the lack of critical reasoning required to live effectively in society
* Substance Abuse programmes - designed to address an offender's substance abuse when it is one of the main contributing causes of their offending
* Violence Prevention - group-based programme for violent offenders
* Maori culture-based programmes - a number of programmes, aiming to create a change in offenders' lifestyles in and after prison by discovering and recovering traditional Maori principles, values and disciplines, are available at the prison
* Te Reo programmes - learning Maori language
* Personal counselling

A separate fact sheet on programmes for offenders is available.
Returning to the community

The Department believes the successful reintegration of offenders into the community provides the best protection for society. The Department aims to provide offenders with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live successfully in the community in order to reduce their likelihood of re-offending, and a range of reintegrative services is available.

Reintegrative needs are assessed at the start of an offender's sentence, and reviewed throughout. There are seven reintegrative objectives that can be planned for. These are:

* finding a job
* finding somewhere to live
* budgeting effectively
* managing relationships
* developing positive community support
* preventing victim-related problems
* keeping healthy.

There are three levels of assistance, with all offenders receiving "level one" self-help. This includes contact details of organisations that can help them re-settle once they have left prison, and access via case officers to a knowledge base. Some offenders will require greater support from their case officer, and further referral can be made to other specialist staff (e.g. a social worker) or external agencies (e.g. NZPARS) who can provide more in depth support and advice.

For those who do not have the skills to live independently on release, a further level of support is available through reintegrative programmes and/or living in self-care units. These are scheduled for near the end of their period in prison.

Three reintegrative programmes have been developed:

* Living Skills - a 36-hour broad-based programme to give offenders skills and knowledge across most reintegrative areas
* Budgeting Skills - a 10-hour group programme aimed at offenders with specific budgeting and money needs
* Parenting Skills - a 32-hour group programme designed to meet parenting skills needs.

While these programmes are not yet available at all prisons, it is anticipated they will be fully operational by 2004. All three programmes have been designed to meet the specific needs of Maori, Pacific Peoples, women and youth.
Employment

A print shop carries out printing work for the Department of Corrections; there is also a workshop that refurbishes old desks. The majority of employed inmates undertake domestic duties in the institution, with a smaller number involved with the maintenance of buildings and grounds. Inmates receive a small incentive for the work they do.
Education

NZQA unit standards are offered to suitable inmates. Inmates are also provided with support to complete distance education programmes.

The National Certificate in Employment Skills is available to inmates at Wellington Prison. This is a pre-employment qualification which offers learning in a range of work related skills, including basic literacy and numeracy. NCES is recognised by many industry areas throughout New Zealand. The focus is on improving the educational level of inmates to assist them in gaining future employment.
General information

Wellington Prison
P O Box 14-067
WELLINGTON

Telephone (04) 388 2137
Fax (04) 388 4653
Site Manager Chris Polaschek

Buses to Miramar Heights (#27 and #42) pass the prison on weekdays. In addition, a bus service operates daily between Wellington city and the suburb of Miramar (#2).
Visiting times

Classification

Day

Time

Unit 1 (Remand)

Mon - Thurs Fri

12.30pm - 3.00pm
2.00pm - 4.00pm

Unit 2 - Wing 1

Saturday

9.00pm - 10.45pm

Unit 2 - Wing 2

Saturday

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Please note: Visitors should ensure that they have a visit time booked with the prison and a letter from the prison confirming this visiting time. Visitors arriving at the prison will be asked by staff to produce their letter of approval, sent prior to the visit, and a form of indentification. Other arrangements to visit can be made in special circumstances. Staff may also ask to search a visitor's car, possessions or the visitor.

On occasions the prisons drug dog is used as an aid to detect drugs and other contraband being brought into the prison. All visitors are also required to produce proof of identity and may be required to undergo a search by an officer using a metal detector.

Auckland Central Remand Prison

Background

Auckland Central Remand Prison is the first privately-run prison in New Zealand and is managed by Australasian Correctional Management Limited (ACM). ACM has a five year contract with the Department of Corrections to run the prison, which expires in 2005.

Auckland Central Remand Prison (ACRP) opened in July 2000 and is the main reception prison for newly remanded male inmates from the Northland and Auckland regions.

ACRP if the first major New Zealand prison facility to be built since Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison in 1989.

Remand offenders spend, on average, 14 to 16 days in prison, so there is a high turnover of inmates. The design of ACRP reflects these needs. The accommodation units allow inmates to be segregated into manageable groups.

The facility caters for remand inmates with different security ratings and also holds 32 sentenced inmates. Auckland Central Remand Prison houses 299 inmates, with capacity for up to 360 if necessary. Within these figures there is capacity to accommodate up to 22 ‘at risk’ inmates.

The building has some design ‘firsts’ for a New Zealand prison. Almost half of the cells have showers and all have toilet facilities. The American Institute of Architects recognised the design of ACRP in its 2000 annual review of new justice facilities as a state of the art justice facility.

ACRP is the only prison in New Zealand to hold the international ISO 9001:2000 quality assurance standard.
Sentence management

The Department provides a structured and integrated approach to managing offenders.

Every offender on remand at ACRP for longer than seven weeks is assessed according to their risk of re-offending, the causes and influences of their offending behaviour, and their willingness to change. The assessment also looks at educational needs, health needs, special needs, and security risks.

A sentence plan is drawn up based on this assessment, focusing on giving the offender opportunities to break the cycle of re-offending.
The process allows for the most appropriate form of intervention to be targeted to each offender. Interventions range from providing education and a career start for young offenders, to providing intensive programmes to those offenders motivated to address the causes of their offending.

Sentenced inmates at ACRP are provided with a sentence plan from a Public Prisons Service prison, prior to being accommodated at ACRP. They then under take programmes and activities at ACRP to meet the requirements of their sentence plan. Inmates identified, as benefiting from a specific course to address the causes of their offending will be returned to Public Prisons at the appropriate time to complete that aspect of their sentence plan.

Corrections has a strategy in place to minimise harm caused by drug use. The strategy aims to reduce the supply and demand of drugs in prison and the crime associated with it. To achieve the strategy, some of the methods used include visitor searches, vehicle checkpoints, use of drug dogs, a national 0800 JAILSAFE phone line, gathering crime related intelligence, liaison with the Police, random drug testing of inmates and Alcohol and Drug inmate rehabilitation programmes.

All New Zealand prisons provide medical, dental, psychological and counselling services. Chaplains provide church services and Bible study groups.
Employment

Employment opportunities are available for sentenced inmates within the prison, including kitchen, cleaning and laundry work. Inmates can study towards NZQA unit standards in cooking, cleaning and laundry. Inmates receive a small incentive for the work they do.
Programmes and education

ACM is contracted to provide a number of rehabilitative and reintegrative services. These services include Tikanga Maori programmes to help address offending by Maori inmates, and cultural programmes to help address offending by Pacific inmates.

Inmates may also work towards NZQA unit standards in courses that address alcohol and drug issues, and violence prevention. Longer term inmates have their literacy needs assessed and a literacy tutor is provided for one-to-one tuition.

The National Certificate in Employment Skills (NCES) is available to inmates at Auckland Central Remand Prison. This is a pre-employment qualification that offers learning in a range of work related skills, including basic literacy and numeracy.

NCES is recognised by many industry areas throughout New Zealand. The focus is on improving the educational level of inmates to assist them in gaining future employment. At their own expense, inmates also have access to self-directed study through the distance learning providers.

Constructive activities some inmates take part in include health education, studying for a driver licence, gym time, and cultural activities such as kapa haka, waiata and weaving.
Special units

There is a special needs unit capable of holding 22 inmates. This provides for 24-hour management and treatment of inmates identified as being at risk of harming themselves. Inmates who are identified as ‘at risk’ are managed by a High Risk Assessment Team, which includes a psychiatric nurse and psychologists. These inmates may have a history of psychiatric illness.

A youth unit accommodates up to 34 young offenders remanded by the courts, and there is a unit for up to 19 inmates who require a higher level of management.
Returning to the community

The Department believes the successful reintegration of offenders into the community provides the best protection for society. The Department aims to provide offenders with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live successfully in the community in order to reduce their likelihood of re-offending, and a range of reintegrative services is available.

As a remand prison there is a high turn over of inmates at ACRP, with most only staying a few weeks. This creates a limited demand for reintegrative services and programmes prior to their release. Home leave, reintegration paroles and release to work are options for sentenced inmates who meet certain criteria. The prison works with a range of community providers. Planning for an inmate’s reintegration begins as soon as they arrive in prison.
Future plans

Greater work opportunities for inmates are being investigated.
General information

Auckland Central Remand Prison
PO Box 8180
Symonds St
AUCKLAND
Telephone (09) 966 7799
Fax (09) 966 7788

The General Manager is Dom Karauria.

Auckland Central Remand Prison is on Lauder Road, Mt Eden, adjacent to Mt Eden Prison.
Visiting times

Visits must be arranged and approved by the prison.

Please note: Visitors should ensure they have a visit time booked with the prison and a letter from the prison confirming this visiting time. Visitors arriving at the prison will be asked by staff to produce their letter of approval, sent prior to the visit, and a form of identification. Other arrangements to visit can be made in special circumstances. Staff may also ask to search a visitor’s car, possessions or the visitor.

The prison has a fulltime on-site drug dog and handler, used as an aid to detect drugs and other contraband being brought into the prison. All visitors are also required to produce proof of identity and are required to go through the metal detector when entering the visiting room. Visitors may also be required to undergo a search by an officer using a metal detector.
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