Misconduct-ed

Misconduct-ed

July 6, 2020

6 July, 2020

An inmate complained to us after a sergeant at his facility penalized him by taking away 30 days of earned remission (time off his sentence) for refusing a transfer to another facility.

An inmate complained to us after a sergeant at his facility penalized him by taking away 30 days of earned remission (time off his sentence) for refusing a transfer to another facility. He said he was denied a fair hearing, because the same sergeant was involved in investigating the incident and deciding the outcome. Ombudsman staff raised the case with senior Ministry officials, who acknowledged that the sergeant’s involvement in the misconduct process went against policy. The decision was overturned and the inmate’s remission days were restored.