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Prison inmate numbers hit all-time high in New Zealand
By newshub.co.nz- Lisa Owen
Published: 02/09/2018

Some of our prisons are close to overflowing, with the number of those behind bars hitting an all-time high this week.

Inmate numbers topped out at more than 10,700 - a record number - and it's expected to climb further, with projections due to hit 12,000 inmates in the next four years.

The Department of Corrections has been forced to use more than 200 beds at Rimutaka Prison that are supposed to be reserved in case inmates need to be transferred in a disaster, like an earthquake.

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