12 comments on “Arthur Taylor subject to cruel inhuman treatment – Ombudsman: chief executive implicated.

  1. awesome, about time the corrections department were held accountable for there bullshit tactics start petitions i will always support this type of bullshit, wake up NZ the system does not work.


  2. Corrections have been getting away with this sort of stuff for decades and clearly management consider themselves immune to any sort of accountability. Prosecution is certainly an answer but are we ever going to be able to find a judge who is honest enough to convict and then punish, I doubt it.


    • The consequences of giving people power over others who are in a vulnerable position was documented in a famous experiment conducted at Yale University by psychologist Stanley Milgram. He measured the willingness of participants to obey authority figures and deliver (fake) electric shocks to the victims. The experiments began in July 1961, three months after the start of the trial of German Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem.

      Milgram put forward two theories about why people obey authority figures: The first is the theory of conformism, whereby a subject who has neither ability nor expertise to make decisions, especially in a crisis, will leave decision making to the group and its hierarchy (in this case, management at Corrections).

      The second is the agentic state theory, whereby, “the essence of obedience consists in the fact that a person comes to view themselves as the instrument for carrying out another person’s wishes, and they therefore no longer see themselves as responsible for their actions.”


  3. After searching for my rights to obtaining my prison file I came across this blog, it struck me as at the age of 17 I was sentenced 3 /2 years prison. During that time its safe to say I wasnt the most compliant inmate although, during the 14 months of remand time I did make a concerted effort to rehabilitate myself but unfortunately received little or no assistance. Due to this and the fact I had no family in this country to support me I was left frustrated and resentful to the new zealand penal system which led me to fighr prisoner rights battles against the officers I had little success and eventually got targeted and labled a problem inmate.

    After about 2 years alot of provocation from officers and many days spent on cell cinfinement and months off privileges I punched an officer who I believe d to punched me during restraint. For this act I enduring significant abuse physically during my move to placment in the management unit I also was denied my property from my previous cell for a number of days left only with a ripped book, soap, a towel and toilet paper. I was innitially on a management plan for 2 months and then my security class was put at maximum and due to the assault being taken to the outside court I wasnt aloud to be transferred to paremoremo prison where I would of gained slightly better privileges so stayed on 23 hr isolation for 8 months and was only aloud exercise in a 10 by 10 meter cage if it was during my time eating breakfast and tea.

    Otherwise I would have have 1 hr rec in a 2 by 1 meter cage with no sunlight I was regularly denied rec as I requested the larger cage in the afternoon but was told no and when I tried to reason got my door shut and was denied. I thought this was un humane and tried to speak out I a legal way but to no avail was just threatened with my little comforts taken away.

    I am now free after serving my whole sentence plus the time I hot added I think the time in isolation effected my mental state and has had a lasting impact in my life. My whole time in prison I beleve was a mistake on corrections behalf due to the lack of rehabilitative meaures given to me and also a the placement of md on to mainstream at a young age which led to me being forced to defend myself against inmates. I hope someone can help me stop this happening to another person not to mention someone as young as I was, its never to late to change but with some help at a young age offenders may leave prison and become pillars of society. Id like to stress im not the only one and seen many in a similar predicament. My name will be released if help is provided as it is for the better of all degraded and un humanely treated inmates in nz, thanks anon


  4. No surprises. Ray Smith is probably the worst criminal in the country. Segregation with 21 hour lockdown is practiced in J Block at Hawkes Bay Prison (Mangaroa) as norm – not punishment – and inmates could spend many months on that block. Recently I was released from your old favorite Rimutaka after Court of Appeal quashed my convictions. 21 months inside gave me a good overview of our sick system.

    Current Minister bellows on about rehabilitation when most of us know that this is the last thing Corrections actually want. Like any business they are reliant on repeat customers for their survival so actively pursue released inmates and make their transition back into the community as difficult as possible for the sole purpose of getting them back behind bars asap.

    Anyone who complains about any aspect of Corrections is automatically singled out for punishment and if you have the audacity to appeal your convictions and claim innocence you will definitely be punished by Ray Smith’s sick system. He should be sent back to the UK where 150 years ago they would have shipped him off to Tasmania where he belongs.


  5. Its black and white that this behaviour by Corrections is illegal. Its wrong and inhumane. Corrections know damn well that Arthur is not a threat to any other prisoner; he knows right from wrong and will admit hes done wrong. The damage Corrections have done is so overpowering. Arthur has used his time to rehabilitate himself, whether its through books or qualified counsellors. Arthur has become more educated than most Corrections staff. That is what they are afraid of. I praise the man for looking after inmates that have no idea of the law and their entitlements. I believe he’s a very intelligent man, Corrections feels threatened by him and that’s why they have treated him so badly.


  6. I received a five-year sentence for possession of meth after being railroaded by the NZ police, and court prosecutor, then the judge. They found no drugs on my person or money, only an old pipe for smoking, which I was never convicted for. After the judges inconsistent trial management, I found myself in jail doing five years. I was angry and innocent. Upon arriving up north I was told my conviction was in fact for heroin. I protested to no avail. Upon being sentenced in my second trial where I monstrously abused of my rights, I received five years. The judge gave an opposite ruling than the judge in the first trial regarding the admissability of evidence from a cellphone found at a house where my pregnant girlfriend was living.

    I won my appeal myself with Arthurs help. The court of appeal ruled the judge had made so many mistakes that he was to have nothing to do with the third trial. To my amazement after getting allocated a new judge for my third trial, my lawyer sent me an email saying the judge from the second trial was taking over the third trial – even after three court of appeal judges admitted he made so many mistakes, he was to have nothing to do with the third trial.

    Then I was abused, treated inhumanely by Corrections continually for daring to express my right to defend myself as innocent. I was subjected to pound cell searches by police, corrections to teach me a lesson and break me for continually expressing my concerns to the ombudsman. As rubbish collector in prison, I continually found prisoner complaint forms in the rubbish (thown out by officers), private property stolen from my cell by guards at Serco Corrections Mt Eden. My ombudsman complaint come to nothing even though the officers in charge acted inappropriately and lied saying my cell mate stole my property even though I was in a single cell.

    They all from the cops to the judges right thru corrections all have their safeguards and loopholes to watch each other back. I would love to find someone competent to take up my wrongful incarceration and even charge that judge for judicial intimidation, including the police for failing to uphold their sworn duty.

    Don’t let this country’s legal system decay much more or we will be nothing better than a third world state. Bring accountability back to aspects of our legal systems instead of sweeping years and years of prisoner and public protesting and grievances under the bloody rug. I understand first-hand how horribly broken, and inhumane our system is with no accountability for their wrongful actions measures I compare to Quantanimo Bay. And Arthur you’re my bloody hero – even though it took so long for my release. Thanks jwd


  7. Fucken sad for the chief executive to do that to another man. But I’m a strong believer that there is a balance in everything and those that have done that to someone will have their own misery in there family. Then they well know what its like to lose someone to sickness and a lot more. You treat people how you want to be treated so may god save you – cause no one else will.


  8. Prisoners have rights , they should not be treated like this ,some of those wardens are so evil and think they are above the prisoners ….Who the hell does Judith Collins think she is to take the right of them having a smoke ..discusting give them there rights and they may change there lifes around ..NZ wake up the justice system is so shocking makes me sick to say im a new zealander…


  9. Without sounding naive but how/why is this happening in NZ?it looks to me that corruption within our corrections system is alive&well.Arthur Taylor was stonewalled by the corrections authorities at every corner because he chose to speak up&speak the truth.ray smith you&your system are a disgrace&hope you get your comeuppance.Arthur Taylor.A true justice warrior.


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