The Otago Corrections Facility at Milburn opened its gates
to 27 employers this week to showcase inmates' training and
qualifications. Shawn McAvinue went behind the prison walls
and talked to a prisoner seeking a better life on his
Police are unable to rule out an escaped prisoner might have
been on the roof of a Milburn home yesterday.
Otago prisoners are among the rising number of inmates taking
drug and alcohol treatment programmes.
Otago Corrections Facility hopes teaching its prisoners to
use tools will make them less likely to turn to crime when
they are released.
Corrections and police are in the dark about how much money
they spend transporting Otago Corrections Facility prisoners
to and from courts.
Time and money will be saved when Otago Corrections Facility
prisoners can be dealt with in the Dunedin District Court
without leaving jail.
Illicit drugs, pornography, home brew, gang paraphernalia and
weapons are among the 854 items of contraband discovered at
the Otago Corrections Facility in the past three years.
Five years ago the Otago Corrections Facility opened near
Milton. Kim Dungey looks at what goes on behind the wall and
what impact the prison has had on its nearest neighbours.
Selwyn Wilkinson was in full flight, telling tourists about
his time inside the Otago Corrections Facility at Milburn
when staff tapped on his van window.
The health centre at Milburn's prison has joined other
primary health care practices in the country in meeting the
standards set for New Zealand general practice.
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