8 Nov 2016

Two active gang members among 7000 prison volunteers

8:18 pm on 8 November 2016

The Corrections Department has found only two out of 7000 prison volunteers are active gang members.

Inside Paremoremo Prison

Corrections has revoked two active gang members' approval to visit prison. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The department has released a review that began after a man was stood down from volunteering in Whanganui Prison because he was a patched Black Power member.

Ngapari Nui had been helping out at the prison for five years without a reported problem.

At the time, Corrections Minister Judith Collins said his volunteering was inappropriate.

The review looked at nearly 7000 volunteers, with 76 found to have some form of current or historical gang association.

It found that, of the two with active memberships, one had failed to disclose the extent of his involvement and the other was a gang associate with a conviction for producing methamphetamine.

Corrections has revoked their approval to visit prison.

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