first_imgCountry first: Detector dogs sniffing out new psychoactive substances in prisonsNZ Herald 9 October 2018 The Department of Corrections annual report paints a picture of the changing prison population with the prison muster of more than 10,000 experiencing a significant growth in the numbers of women incarcerated.Ninety-one per cent of prisoners have a lifetime diagnosis of mental health or substance abuse disorders, according to the report.More than 75 per cent of prisoners have current or prior convictions for violence.About a third of the prison population is affiliated with gangs, of those about 70 per cent identify as Māori.About 30,000 people are on community-based sentences and orders – nearly three times the number of the prison population.Every year about 16,000 people are released from prison, most of whom arrange their own accommodation.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more