Sat, 22 Sep 2012 6:20p.m.
A former inmate says there needs to be a major overhaul of the prison system to curb violence behind bars.
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17/01/2013 7:56:02 p.m.
Attempted murder and he only served 3 or 4 years. Rich guys get all the breaks. He should be happy getting away wit that sentence! haha
8/01/2013 11:41:18 p.m.
Its quite simple, don't commit any crime don't do any time, You put yourself in the position of being incarcerated, then you think the world owes it too you because of the conditions & environment etc PRISON IS WHAT IT IS, harden up!!!
26/09/2012 5:30:31 p.m.
Just wondering how I can get in touch with Mr Lyttelton? Any suggestion would be most appreciated as I have a loved one in prison who needs help with an appeal.
26/09/2012 12:15:04 a.m.
I don't understand why it won't change we all know it happens are the guards bored too not paid enough this treatment must stop.
25/09/2012 4:08:24 p.m.
Denis Stewart wrote:
I understand why you never placed my comments about jail in NZ as the violence is extreme but really a normal day for the justice penal system.
My crime, smoking pot minding my own business, do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes while focused on vegetarian yoga and martial arts with a small bush block also earning income double the average on construction sites as a boiler maker welder then jailed for a bit of weed loosing thousands of dollars of income.
I had no choice to fight for my life in jail and almost killed a person defending myself.
Jail is an evil festering hole to teach violence and dishonesty.
23/09/2012 5:30:59 p.m.
It makes it very hard to protect prisoners when the government tenders out prisons to private company's and who continue to decrease the number of staff to prisoner ratio. The Labour department has just been called into the new SERCO run prison in Auckland because staff on the floor are refusing to unlock prisoners because, they, the staff say they can't guarantee the safety of prisoners due to the lack of staff. Once upon a time, prior to the grennie tree hugging, softly, softly give the prisoners the same rights as those have on the outside, this never happened, or very rarely happened. Those who demanded prisoners have the same rights are now the ones who say prison officers need to get tougher on those who commit the crimes while in prison. YOU CAN'T HAVE THE CAKE AND EAT IT TOO!
23/09/2012 4:23:41 p.m.
John Davis wrote:
@FAIR NZER i think you'll find privatized prisons aren't all they are cracked up to be, that and they are in the business of trying to get as many people in prison and keep them there to maximize their profits.
You might think putting more people in jail for longer might be a great idea, but remember you will be paying for it in your taxs, if one should have to pay for them to be locked up and for long periods of time it should because they belong there not because a private industry sets things up in their favour.
23/09/2012 3:39:07 p.m.
Amazing how the evil offenders want to be treated like angels. Back off the evil scum and fully support the innocent life suffering victims.
23/09/2012 1:46:59 p.m.
After watching the interview and realized what Martin Lyttelton was saying is absolute FACTUAL.
I was in the same Unit when the incidents were happening and I was also assaulted being left with multiple bone breakages in my right hand.
The comments regards the Guards at Mt Eden Jail are true and I identified on many occasions they sanctioned Assaults on other Inmates.
We had to fill in forms to lay complaints and of course the fear of retribution was paramount as it became very clear the hint was DO NOT or the consequences would be very grave.
I commend Martin Lyttelton for his passion and bravery to defy the odds.
We were in a very dangerous place at all levels.
23/09/2012 12:32:36 p.m.
I have a son in remand, and the things he has told is disgusting. The families and friends of these inmates are treated with distain and racism by staff. I have also tried to contact Anne Tolley by email but it seems that National MPs are to precious to hear the truth...I would like to get in touch with Martin Lyttleton as it now appears the prisoners who want to appeal can not get top council as legal aid had been reduced so much all we can get are the corrupt. Before anyone says don't do the crime he didn't he was setup by the ex and the new boyfriends familly all retired cops. Can't get a fair hearing in Whangarei. The Lawyers are as corrupt as the Police, and after going through the courts there it appears they are to.
Serco are only there for the money, staff threatening inmates, requests for belonging takes weeks or doesn't happen at all. God help the next 900 odd prisoners in the charge
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