6 comments on “Sleep deprivation and pain medication – how Dotcom was ‘tortured’ in prison

  1. Pingback: Government to waste $900 million on new prison « brookingblog

  2. I have read the above article with extreme interest; may I make the comment that this is part of generic issue across the world. Only last night I read a very similar article referring to these some issues in the UK. There is more of the same, but much more severe, secretive and harder to research. Not many people convey any opinion, regards anything like this, most keep quiet or ‘sing the party song loudly’.


  3. I can sing as loud as I like regarding the inhumanity of teenagers taken into custody and treated inhumanely by the police, being given a beating then charged with resisting arrest is quite common. Lawyers often do little to encourage offenders to press charges as the police are careful to cover their brutality and unless there is hard evidence there’s little hope of any charges being pursued with a prisoners word against the law enforcement order.
    Whilst in remand prisoners are often ill treated, punished for no apparent reason by vindicative and sadistic prison guards. If a prisoner objects peacefully and raises objection verbally they are punished and a report is filed in their record stating they are trouble makers which has an adverse effect on their chances of parole.If prisoners complain or protest verbally they are further picked on as they expected to bow their heads, shut up or suffer the consequences of often spiteful, sadistic prison wardens that get pleasure from throwing their weight around with their small minded power complex’s.
    Prisoners spend most of their day in a cell with only one hour of exercise outside, their food is minimal and lacking in nutrients and no extra food allowance is given if they are teenagers and growing, it isn’t taken into account that exercise uses up more calories so they are under nourished and basically mal nourished. If they are fortunate enough to have funds to purchase food from the snack bar they are over charged and given unhealthy, limited food choices.
    New Zealand
    Not only are prisoners denied a healthy diet they are also regular dental care and medical care can take months to be given.
    Recently a prisoner in OCF died of a brain haemorrhage he was left for over 30 minutes without any guard response even though a prisoner called out for assistance, He died in his cell yet the department of corrections maintained he died in hospital.
    It is very sad that a prison warden died being after being assaulted by a prison warden. It is equally sad that prison wardens and the police regularly assault offenders, this seems to be a contradiction of terms. If an offender makes a physical assault on a police officer or warden it is a charge and conviction. If an offender is assaulted by a police officer or prison warden it is dismissed as inconsequential and termed they deserved it, or it has to be proven without any doubt with photographic evidence that they have suffered an assault, assault on prisoners is a common occurrence everyday in all NZ prisons.It is quite difficult to prove an assault on a prisoner since camera’s are not allowed into a prison and lawyers are disinterested in representing prisoners that have been assaulted. I am sure that nearly every inmate will tell a story of police and prison warden brutality having been inflicted on them.
    Obviously prisoners need to learn a lesson and be re educated if they commit crime but treating people like a piece of dirt, lack of education, support or rehabilitation does not breed anything but resentment against a failed system.


  4. I failed to mention the fact that often charges are made against alleged offenders by the police when they are made to make statements when suffering from sleep deprivation and the effects of alcohol or drugs.
    The validity or sense behind making a person make a statement whilst either suffering sleep deprivation the effects of drugs or alcohol or all three factors combined is upheld by police prosecution and the penal system as a fair and impartial way in which to obtain a conviction.


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  6. Jails and prisons in the US seem to be a mirror to what is described here. I was in jail somewhere in Texas for nine days before they figured out I wasn’t supposed to be there, denied my medication – which I both showed then and gave them the doc and pharmacy names – and ended up hospitalized after being released in jeans and a T-shirt on a strangely cold January night. Oh, yeah, and GOOD LUCK suing or getting an apology for their mistake!


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