Story: Prisons

Drugs in prison

This clip from the 1989 television documentary Preparing for life illustrates the widespread availability of drugs in prisons at the time. Since the 1980s prison authorities have stepped up measures to prevent prisoners' access to illegal drugs.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Prisons - Prisons in a changing society, 1949–1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 20 Jun 2012