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This is a dataset of serious assaults by prisoners in New Zealand between 2005 and 2016.

Every assault incident that is identified, no matter how minor, is recorded and reported.  All prisoners involved in an altercation are interviewed by prison staff, and prisoners may be charged with an internal misconduct charge if it is warranted.

A serious assault is an act of physical violence that involves one or more of:

  • bodily harm requiring medical intervention by medical staff followed by overnight hospitalisation;
  • bodily harm requiring extended periods of on-going medical intervention; or
  • sexual assault of any form and degree.

Serious assaults against staff or prisoners can be referred to the Police for investigation and criminal charges may be laid against the perpetrators.

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