Case Note 68858 [2005] NZPrivCmr 3 – Prisoners object to Department of Corrections stamping outgoing mail with name of prison

Several prisoners expressed concerns about the policy of the Department of Corrections (the Department) to stamp all outgoing mail sent by inmates with the name of the prison from which it was sent. The prisoners each felt that the disclosure that they were a serving inmate in prison was humiliating and embarrassing. They also submitted that disclosure of an inmate’s whereabouts could cause embarrassment to the recipients of mail. In addition there was the potential for victims’ families to learn of the location of specific inmates, which could lead to some form of retribution.

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