Story: Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament

Prison overcrowding

Prison overcrowding

From the 1970s the ombudsman received a growing number of complaints from prisoners. One of their major complaints was overcrowding in prisons – a problem that still existed in 1990, as this cartoon shows.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: H-190-006
Cartoon by Tom Scott

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David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Ombudsmen – treatment of people in detention', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by David McGee, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 20 Jan 2017