11 comments on “Officers look up prisoner’s anus – 84 times in three weeks.

  1. And one more little annoying/degrading thing…when ‘at risk’ one is not even allowed cutlery to eat their meals…

    • I can vouch for these comments, I have been there…..it was the most demoralising event in my life

  2. And I don’t know about you,Tom, but the shame and degradation sits upon my shoulder whispering in my ear to this very day. And every time I have to bring up and share that time, whether it be revelation and transparency for employment (which by the way, never gets offered) through to justification to a doctor for my low esteem and depression…the whispering just keeps getting louder…

  3. The degradation of anal analysis inspections are not just carried out in punishment wings, it is carried out after each prisoner receives a visitor! Why this degrading ritual to a prisoner is carried out when each visitor is screened and cannot carry or take anything into the room when visiting, this makes it virtually impossible for any drugs or any illegal contraband to be passed on a visit to a prisoner. There is little or no necessity for this perverse practice to be carried out, it is an infringement on a prisoners human rights.
    The sleep deprivation torture is also carried out by the police when interrogating a suspect, if they know a person is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs they do not permit them to have a nights sleep before interviewing and take statements from incoherent intoxicated suspects. They also take blood without consent from intoxicated suspects and lie about injuries inflicted by their brutality.
    What I find amazing is that the police and the prison system expect prisoners to leave prison feeling enlightened and able to carry on a normal life after having their arse inspected, deprived of sleep, beaten and accused of things they haven’t done and had to fight for their day to day survival.

  4. It is interesting that the HRC doesn’t list anything on its list of complaints regarding inhumane acts towards people held in police custody or prison. If anyone wishes to make a complaint to the HRC please email them on infoline@hrc.co.nz. Perhaps if people start complaining to them it may make a difference. Their website is http://www.hrc.co.nz/enquiries-and-complaints-guide/what-can-i-complain-about.
    Another interesting fact is what the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs lists in regards of Human Rights being upheld by New Zealand.http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Foreign-Relations/1-Global-Issues/Human-Rights/0-overview.php In particular it states that NZ upholds international regulations regarding the:- Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)
    UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    Then we have NZ Amnesty International who could be looking at what is going on in our own backyard in respect of the appalling treatment dished out to offenders and prisoners everyday in New Zealand people are being abused, humilated and degraded by the Department Of Corrections.

  5. Very interesting post.

    Hope this gets some attention, sounds very unnecessary and harmful.

    Many people suspect that the claimed reduction in drugs in prisons is a bit of a Ray Smith sham. Playing with figures for a “good news” story. Only the Minister would fall for it.

  6. Here is another recent disgraceful example of abuse extended to a prisoner being held in Otago Correctional Facility, this man was accused of concealing a cell phone inside his rectum. He was told to stand on the toilet seat and squat, where upon the prison warden not only looked up his rectum for this fictional cell phone but produced a metal detector and scanned his rectum and body,there wasn’t a cell phone up his arse it was another perverse example of unacceptable prison practice which is demeaning and unnecessary, just another routine day.This is what is deemed corrective by Correction!

    I have recently read the application form of the job criteria of a prison warden which states:-

    Our team at the Department of Corrections is dedicated and passionate. We are united by our goal of making a positive difference in our community by reducing reoffending and making our communities safer.
    Being part of Corrections is about being part of a team. Corrections Officers work together to ensure that prisoners are kept secure and treated fairly and consistently. They also have an important role in supporting prisoners to improve their chances of living offending-free lives.
    The best Corrections Officers have strong communication and relationship building skills, a mature outlook on life, common sense and high levels of integrity, ethics and resilience.
    What can we offer you?
    Extensive initial and on-going training
    The opportunity for you to make a real difference to your community
    Opportunities for professional development and promotion
    Participation in a National Certificate in Offender Management (NZQA)

    What was missing from this extensive list of nonsense in the realities of a guards job criteria which is: –
    Carrying out regular strip searches even when a prisoner has had no contact with the outside world
    Goading and provoking prisoners whenever you can to incite an aggressive reaction
    Punishing them at every opportunity and denying them any privileges even snack food which is necessary to supplement the meager diet
    Leaving prisoners to suffer mental torture of mindless boredom by withdrawing any form of mental activity for 23 hours a day
    Writing lies in their report making false claims about them and their behaviour
    Denying them rehab and telling them they have refused it when they haven’t
    Confiscating their belongings and not returning them
    Wearing down their self esteem and confidence
    Not offering appropriate support with education to enable them to finish their education
    Not offering appropriate support to encourage Tertiary education
    Not offering literacy help to educate those that can’t read and write
    Causing them panic and anxiety
    Failing to administer help with medical treatment
    Denying a person treatment for diagnosed conditions
    Denying any dental treatment even when in pain
    Denying a person with a diagnosed medical condition medication
    Failing to carry out CPR when a prisoner has attempted suicide
    Failing to administer emergency medication and CPR immediately when a prisoner requires treatment
    Punishing mentally impaired prisoners that should be in mental institutions
    Working towards every kind of negative aspect of humanity as a priority

    For the Department Of Corrections to make preposterous suggestions in their job criteria which are a complete and utter fabrication of the realities of what prison guards carry out daily in their jobs couldn’t be further from the truth.

  7. First, we are told nothing about the crimes these offenders committed and their impact on victims. Second, prison is intended to be a societal deterrent. It is punishment to be avoided. A theme in method of punishment in the criminal justice system across societies has been humiliation. Western societies have limited or completely eliminated public humiliation.

    Having a man strip completely and totally naked in front of other men, squat and spread his ass cheeks, hold his testicles and lift his scrotum, raise arms for armpit examination and have the mouth and inner cheek inspected is indeed a humiliating experience. It is intended to be so it serves as a deterrent to others who might offend. Deterrents serve as a means to keep crime rates low.

    Further, the men have criminal convictions and cannot be trusted. If suspected of being suicidal, the prison will be blamed if they kill themselves. Officers must ensure that suicidal men don’t hurt themselves, which includes a visual examination of every surface and orifice of the body. A small piece of metal or plastic can do a lot of damage.

    • Steve, I take it you are a prison officer and you acknowledge that this degrading treatment goes on. Three things: first, the crime and the victims lead to imprisonment – this has nothing to do with how prisoners should be treated once in prison; second, degrading and humiliating treatment of prisoners is a breach of human rights; third, imprisonment does not act as a deterrent. Look up the research.

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