A security inmate was locked in a visiting booth with his partner for hours because of the “poor practice” of staff, a report into the incident says.
The partner had driven to Rimutaka Prison from Opotiki last November and was granted an extra 30 minutes.
They were put in a non-contact booth and became worried when their time elapsed and no-one came to get them.
After they spent several hours yelling, the woman smashed an observation window but was unable to escape. Three hours later, another prisoner heard their yells and alerted the supervision officer.
Unless the room is set up in such a way that they are entirely physically segregated, I’d welcome several hours in a room with my partner if I was a prisoner!