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Wellington Prison Open Day

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When:

  • Sat 24 Nov ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where:

Wellington Prison, Main Road, Maupuia, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • $1 or $2 donation to charity: $1.00
  • $1 or $2 donation to charity: $2.00

The Department of Corrections is holding an open day at Wellington Prison this Saturday, before the prison officially closes at the end of the month.

Wellington Prison has now reached the end of its life after 85 years in operation. When it was built in 1927 it was considered a progressive facility for its time.

However, New Zealand has moved on considerably since then and today the prison is not up to the standard of a modern Corrections facility and no longer meets our needs.

During the open day visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of the prison, starting with the control room and then the receiving office, where newly-arrived prisoners were photographed and their details checked, before moving on through the prison.

The prison’s cell blocks will be open for visitors to see how prisoners ate, slept and showered.

Visitors will also be able to see the print shop, which has been an important part of Wellington Prison and remains an important rehabilitation industry for Corrections, enabling prisoners to gain valuable skills and experience that help them find work once they are released back into the community.

Corrections staff will be on hand to answer any questions people have.

It’s also an opportunity for anyone who’s interested in joining Corrections, either as a Corrections Officer, Nurse or Psychologist, to talk with the recruitment team.

Entry to the open day is by gold coin donation, with funds going to charities selected by Wellington Prison staff, including Night Shelter, Women’s Refuge, Victim Support and the Salvation Army.

All prisoners will have been relocated to other prisons ahead of the open day.

Remember: Corrections facilities are smoke-free. Visitors are encouraged to car-pool as there is limited parking at the prison.

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