My attitude towards penal reform is based on the assumption that some day I’ll end up in prison. I’m not sure how this will come about – I never break any laws let alone any that might invite a custodial sentence. It’s just a gut feeling I have about the future.
Seen from this perspective most of Judith Collins’ prison reforms are pretty terrible: especially the double bunking and cells in shipping containers. But as a non-smoker the new policy to ban cigarettes is pretty good news for me when my time comes. Being forced to share a cell with a chain smoker would be the worst.
Well . . . maybe not the worst. Far from it. But still pretty bad.