The fate of NZ’s mega-prison

In opposition, Kelvin Davis was a vocal advocate for an overhaul of the lock-’em-up approach. In government, will he walk the talk, or cow to the reactionaries, asks criminologist Liam Martin

Construction is set to begin next year on the biggest prison New Zealand has ever seen. A facility for 2000 prisoners is to be built alongside Waikeria prison in rural Waikato, creating an institution cleared by resource consents to hold 3000 people. To put that in perspective, Rimutaka Prison, north of Wellington, is currently the largest in the country and has a capacity of just over 1000. The mega-prison at Waikeria would be uncharted territory on the path towards mass imprisonment in New Zealand.

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