Monday, March 2, 2009

Prison works!

A couple of weeks back, I told you about a mate of mine who has been on remand at Ngawha prison.
He was released last week and now has six months home detention, for four drink-driving charges, which will be followed by further monitoring by the probation service.
My mate described prison as a bit like 'a hotel.' You were taken care of, there was an exercise yard, a library. But it wasn't all good.
Ngawha prison is on sinking ground and coupled with the high humidity of recent weeks, he had to mop up his cell each morning, as moisture dripped from the walls.
The food was also terrible, so my mate was looking quite thin.
Prison guards would wake you up every two hours as they checked up on you, so you never got a proper night's sleep.
Oh, and it was a hotel where you could not check-out.
The inmates were all maori and when they were told my mate, who is white, was also maori, they made him all the more welcome as one of the bros.
Anyway, my mate is now on home detention, and today the ankle bracelet is supposed to be fitted, restricting him to 100 metres or so around the house.
My mate is staying back with his whanau in the badlands of Ngapuhi country, but he says he had learnt from his 7 weeks or so inside; that he needs to sort his life out and deal with his issues and he is keen and determined to do so.
Prison was 'horrible' he says, and no way, does he want to go back.
Thus, he will be having counselling and various treatment for his alcohol addiction, his anger management and drug issues. He has been confirmed as having bipolar disorder.
He seemed happy back with his dad and step-mum, whom voiced their willingness to help him in his pre-sentence report. His half brothers and half-sisters are there too and may mate looked happy showing the teenage girls how to cook a decent lasagne, and it was very tasty too.
My mate says he will fill his time researching the family history, learn a musical instrument, cooking and also gardening, especially growing the herbs he likes in his cooking.
In case you're wondering, Dad has moved the 'special herbs' further up the valley, to their other house.
But my mate had gone 9 weeks without a drink he told me, and is not supposed to have any more, though he had 2 glasses of wine at the weekend, as it was his birthday.
At the weekend my mate seemed happy, happiest I had seen him in a while. But he fears what might happen should he get bored. But as long as there is some family member around for company, he believes he will be all right.
And I believe out in the wopswops is a far better place for him to rehabilitate, as opposed to Auckland where there might be too much temptation.
So it seems a mix of punishment and rehabilitation is needed to help make people behave.
They need time inside and see the effect of having their freedom taken away.
But also they need help and guidance to overcome their 'issues.'

UPDATE: David Farrar reveals how Contrad Black is coping with life inside a Florida Jail.


mojo said...

Oh yes ... he needs rehab. as well. Seems he knew the consequences of his actions long before they came in to effect. Seems to me that what he needed, for it is that which he abused, was no further chances ... something to do with the probability of a consequence given a behaviour. Don't glorify the recidivist mentality FF.

Anonymous said...

Home Detention doesn`t work!!!
The stinking little shit that embezzled 50+K from me got 10 months Home D and ordered to make full restitution at $100/week. 21 weeks later and $400 received whilst the arsehole is able to drive around `job huntying` at will. As for rehab, why would he?

KG said...

He doesn't need rehab--he needs to do some hard time, so much that he'll be terrified of ever offending again.
Anybody with more than one drunk driving conviction is a fucking menace to society and your sympathy is misplaced imo.
What does he have to do before he forgoes all sympathy? Kill someone?


Indeed KG, I would have been happier with a bit more time in prison for him.
Just to make sure.
But those 7 weeks or so appear to have had some positive impact.

Anonymous said...

I'd say the boy needs six of the best.

It is good to see prison working.

I wonder if it will impact on those Liarbore ministers when they have a spell in the slammer.