Is double bunking prisoners in small cells inhumane?

Drive 23/03/2018

Double bunking at Arohata Upper Women’s Prison would break international torture and degradation rules, according to an ombudsman’s report.

By international standards, the minimum cell space for a single prisoner is 6 metres square, excluding toilet facilities.

But corrections plans to squeeze two prisoners into a space even smaller than that, including a toilet, at the upper prison at Rimutaka.

Joining Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen to discuss this is Peter Boshier Chief Ombudsman and for an opposing view Scott Guthrie from Sensible Sentencing Trust.

Listen to the full interview with Simeon Brown above.

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