Prisoner numbers have dropped since Labour entered the Beehive. Corrections’ figures to December show a total population of 8528, well down from September 2017, when it stood at 10,470.
Unfortunately this just makes an accompanying surge in prisoner violence look even worse. Criminals are down, in prison, but crime is up.
The number of staffers assaulted increased to 889 in the last financial year, almost quadrupling from the preceding 12 months.
So there’s fewer prisoners but a quadrupling in the number of assaults on staff.