September 09, 2016
Rising muster means more jobs behind bars
Corrections has permission from Immigration New Zealand to recruit up to 100 new prison guards from the United Kingdom.
The department will employ another 600 new corrections officers over the next year to deal with a prison population set to top the 10,000 mark in 2017.
Numbers have been swelled by keeping more people in prison on remand as well as law changing meaning prisoners serve more of their sentence in prison.
It also needs officers for Mt Eden Corrections Facility after resuming management from private operator Serco a year ago.
Andy Langley, who has been seconded from running Manawatu Prison to oversee the programme, says it is keen to hire from a range of backgrounds, particularly from the Maori and Pasifika communities, so it has a more diverse workforce.
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