SJA staff
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Social Justice Aotearoa CEO Jackie Foster has labelled the stabbing of a corrections officer
as a disgrace which lays squarely at the feet of the Minister Kelvin Davis, because he has the
power to implement the solutions.

We said two weeks ago “how can corrections operate effectively and safely when they don’t
have the tools to do so” Foster said.

Foster said, “the assaults of officers and inmates has been on the increase but has spiralled
since this government came to power in 2017”!

It was pleasing to have been briefed that the officer involved is resting and healing at home,
and our aroha and support go out to him and his whanau.

“Only two weeks ago we saw Jacinda Ardern remove the Minister of Police for lack of
performance, isn’t it time she realises Corrections is in turmoil and removes the Minister
before we see more damage human lives” Jackie said.

“Under this Minister we have seen two inmates murdered, hundreds of violent assaults,
riots, and now the staff being put in threatening positions.”

Jackie went on to say “not only does Corrections have one of the biggest budgets of any
government department, but it also has a likeness to a quickly sinking ship.”