August 03, 2022
Hawke’s Bay youth prison “fit for purpose”
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says he’s looking forward to seeing what reviews of this week’s prison protest at the Hawke’s Bay Regional prison come up with.
Six youth inmates spent Monday night on the roof of their unit but eventually came down over the course of the day.
Mr Davis says people in such situations often form their excuses and justifications on the trot, so he will leave it to the investigators to determine what happened.
He says it’s a relatively new unit, and there aren’t the arguments about living conditions raised during the Waikeria Prison riot in January last year.
“A prison’s a prison. They’re not holiday camps. I think the prison is fit for purpose. These young people took it upon themselves to climb up on the roof, for whatever their reasons are, and it’s going to be investigated and we will get to the bottom of it,” Mr Davis says.