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Arohata Women's Prison - Wellington

The name Arohata means ‘the bridge’ in Maori and reflects the belief that the prison provides a bridge between past offending and a future in the community. The prison was built in 1944 and was originally a women’s borstal. It became a youth prison in 1981 and a women’s prison in 1987. It holds about 150 prisoners and employs 73 staff.  The prison includes a Drug Treatment Unit for prisoners with drug or alcohol problems and is the only women’s prison that operates a DTU. Women from Christchurch or Auckland women’s prisons who have addictions have to move to Arohata prison to take part in the program. Arohata also runs the Kowhiritanga (‘Making Choices’) Rehabilitation Program specifically for female prisoners, many of whom have been exposed to sexual and psychological abuse during childhood and in their adult relationships. Most of the program is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, group psychotherapy, recreational psychology and a narrative approach to therapy.
Rimutaka Prison - Wellington

It is New Zealand's largest prison, holding up to 1,216 prisoners and employing about 570 staff. It opened in 1919. In 2010, Rimutaka became the first prison in New Zealand to open a container-cell unit. The cells are constructed from refurbished shipping containers and the unit houses up to 60 prisoners in a mix of single and double-bunked cells. Rimutaka Prison includes several specialist rehabilitation units. It has one of the five Māori Focus Units in New Zealand prisons, a Drug Treatment Unit for prisoners with drug or alcohol problems, and a Faith-Based Unit which provides a program for prisoners centered around the Christian faith. Rimutaka also has a 30-bed special treatment unit for violent prisoners. Prisoners in this unit are taught skills to enable them to live without using violence; this includes conflict resolution, the use of timeout, impulse control and how to challenge their own distorted thinking. The prisoners also learn to change their attitudes towards women. Offenders have to be classified as having a high risk of re-offending in order to attend this program. Rimutaka prison opened the country's first dementia unit in December 2012. The Corrections Department said a "high dependency unit" will be created for some of the 120 inmates aged over 65 who struggle with daily tasks, such as showering themselves.