Media Statement For Immediate Release
Dr Wayne Mapp Associate Justice Spokesman
18 January 2000
Robson Wrong On Prisons
Matt Robson's decision to put the building of three new prisons on hold shows he is riding roughshod over New
Zealanders' clear demand for violent criminals to be locked away for longer," National's Associate Justice Spokesman, Dr
Wayne Mapp, said today.
The referendum showed an overwhelming demand from New Zealanders for a tougher approach to violent crime, which Matt
Robson has decided to ignore.
"To put the prison programme on hold, especially Northland prison, is to ignore the realities of violent crime in New
Zealand, " Dr Mapp said.
"Violent criminals should know that they are facing longer prison sentences and it is very clear that we will need more
prisons to hold them.
"The Northland prison programme is already well advanced and meets a clear need, both for the safety of the community
and ensuring violent criminals are kept away from society.
"Rehabilitation of prisoners is also best advanced when prisoners can maintain contact with their families, and this
requires a spread of prisons around the country. Otherwise, families have to travel great distances to see inmates,
which is not an option for many.
"There is a clear need for the new prisons, particularly Northland Prison, and the Minister should get on with the job
and build it, instead of pandering to his liberal prejudices, and putting society as a whole, and prisoner
rehabilitation, at risk," Dr Mapp said.