"Smoking will be banned in all prisons from next year, the Herald on Sunday has learned.
Corrections minister Judith Collins is expected to announce this week that a 12-month preparation plan will be rolled out that should see all prisons go smoke-free by July next year..."
I'm no fan of banning things, but it is MEANT to be a different world inside a prison. A more spartan existence.
Why the hell should inmates be able to do that the staff who run the prisons are forbidden to do?
That and tobacco is money inside, plus now there will be no reason for crims to have matches or lighters.
So the inmates will get tetchy and throw their toys when forced to go cold turkey. So what- they do that now for little reason and going off other drugs has never been an excuse for letting them continue their nasty habits.
"...Anti-smoking Maori Party MP Hone Harawira supported the move but warned a total ban could lead to an outbreak of violence among prisoners..."
So issue Tasers.
BREAKING NEWS: Prisoners will be forced to go cold-turkey on 1 July next year after a government decree to ban smoking.
Corrections minister Judith Collins announced the measure today saying it was out of concern for the health and safety of prison staff. There was also concern about potential legal action from prison staff or non-smoking prisoners over exposure to second-hand smoke if no action was taken.