Story: Prisons

Prison psychologist and inmate, 1967

Prison psychologist and inmate, 1967

A prison psychologist works with an inmate at Wi Tako (now Rimutaka) Prison, near Wellington, in 1967. Psychologists in New Zealand prisons were first appointed in the 1950s, part of a series of reforms brought in under the auspices of the secretary of justice, Sam Barnett. The high rate of mental health problems among prison inmates means psychologists have an important role in prisons. Psychologists from the Community Probation and Psychological Services (CPPS) are involved in assessing prisoners who have applied for parole.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1967/5553

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Peter Clayworth, 'Prisons - Prisons in a changing society, 1949–1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 20 Jun 2012