101 East - Locked Up Warriors

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New Zealand ranks as one of the world's most peaceful countries in the Global Peace Index every year. Yet despite a strong reputation for social justice and equality, the South Pacific nation has the second highest rate of imprisonment rates in the western world. In the past two decades, the jail population has doubled. Today each prisoner costs on average $94,000 to lock up and the current government has described New Zealand's prison problem as a moral and fiscal failure. 101 East gains rare access inside New Zealand's prisons and criminal underworld to investigate the cost of the country's harsh criminal justice system. Why does this peaceful South Pacific nation have one of the highest rates of incarceration in the western world?

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