New Zealand to open first 'humane' prison
The prison is designed in such a way that it can also operate as a ‘defacto mental health unit’ in the country as the number of mentally disturbed surges in New Zealand.
New Zealand plans to make its most violent and disturbed prisoners normal. The country opens its first humane prison in which the inmates will be allowed to walk on real grass, take sun baths and practice yoga in their cells.
The prison has been constructed on the outskirts of Auckland costing NZ $300 million. It will be the first specialist facility for high-security male prisoners in the country.
The incarceration rate in New Zealand is the highest with Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, account for 50 percent of the total number of prisoners. Although Maori represent only 15 percent of the total population.
The prison is designed in such a way that it can also operate as a 'defacto mental health unit' in the country as the number of mentally disturbed surges in New Zealand.
It will replace the 50-year old Paremoremo Prison, which was modeled on US prisons. The prison would have the same facilities as in nations like Belgium and Germany i.e. holistic and therapeutic features.
Cells in the new blocks will be 30 percent bigger and have showers and TVs. Horizontal bars instead of vertical will be used to allow prisoners a better view of nature.
Garden in prison will allow prisoners to nurture new life which will stimulate and soothe the hardcore inmates.