Corrections Minister Judith Collins says her department and union staff need to sort out problems at Auckland maximum security prison at Paremoremo.
Prime Minister John Key says double bunking in prisons will be used where appropriate.
Prime Minister John Key today signalled the Government's intention to put some of the country's prisons under private management.
Corrections Department head Barry Matthews says he cannot guarantee inmates will not be hurt by other inmates.
Parliament has passed a bill creating new search, detection, drug-testing and offence provisions to help control contraband in prisons.
Maori groups or iwi are likely to put in tenders for running private prisons, the Maori Party says.
Law changes are being drafted to allow private companies to once again run prisons.
Government plans to introduce tough new sentencing laws and cram extra inmates into existing prisons could trigger a mental health timebomb, the Green Party says.
‘‘James'' could not be more pleased that he gets to spend his days in an odorous fellmongery, pulling animal skins out of a pickling bath. ‘‘It's good,'' he says with a grin. ‘‘It's better than sitting in jail.''
Sharron Ferguson would love to see more Dunedin employers supporting the release-to-work prisoner rehabilitation scheme.
The Corrections Department is extending a probe into an allegation of corruption at Christchurch Men's Prison, while clearing staff of any wrongdoing over five other allegations.
The Department of Corrections is refusing to reveal any more details about the recent sacking of a staff member at the Otago Corrections Facility (OCF), claiming to do so could prejudice any further employment investigations within the prison service.
A Corrections officer at the Otago Corrections Facility (OCF) has been sacked for serious misconduct.
The corrections officer sacked from the Otago Corrections Facility (OCF) last month was fired for swapping letters with a prisoner, it was revealed yesterday.
It has been dubbed the "Milton Hilton" - a place where prisoners can relax in ultimate luxury while they do their time.
The last time David (not his real name) tasted freedom, the price of petrol was 80c a litre, the September 11 attacks of 2001 were still months away and his wife would do all the shopping and cook the meals.
Once upon a time, there was a dad behind bars who wanted to communicate with his children in the outside world.
Otago's new prison has closed two 30-prisoner wings because of low inmate numbers and management cannot say when the situation will change.
Robberies, gang activity, illegal drug use and a raft of other offending were being planned by prisoners at the Otago Corrections Facility, it was revealed after a telephone monitoring trial was carried out.