June 10, 2015
Williams a passionate advocate for reform
A fellow justice reformer says the late Sir Peter Williams QC was someone who was listened to on conditions in the country’s prisons.
Sir Peter died at last night of cancer at the age of 80.
His widow Heeni Phillips-Williams says he died in his Ponsonby home surrounded by friends and his beloved dogs.
Kim Workman from Ngati Kahungunu says when he was head of prisons between 1989 and 1993, Sir Peter was someone who made himself heard in his role of president of the Howard League for Penal Reform.
"I got some of the flak from him but when we did the changes that came out He Ara Hou, the prison reforms Peter was the first one to support what we were trying to do. He had a great saying, you can run a good prison in an old red barn which means regardless of the conditions the relationships are the things that matter," Kim Workman says.
Some of the clients Peter Williams represented in his 60 years included former Maori Battalion commander Arapeta Awatere, Bassett Rd machine gun murderer Ron Jorgensen, Mr Asia Terry Clark, and Lorraine and Aaron Cohen.
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