In this 1998 doco, made for TV3’s Inside New Zealand slot, prisoners provide straight-talking descriptions of life on the inside. Collectively rejecting any idea of prison as a soft option, they talk about missing sunlight, closing up emotionally, and how even “the staunchest” end up crying. One long-timer argues that imprisonment is an expected part of becoming a gang member. Contemporary statistics provide provoking food for thought about the life cycle of criminality — 78 per cent of inmates have no school qualifications; 80 per cent were abused as children.
I’ve seen the staunchest guys in here crying. Jail gets them all.– Jason
"We cast our love from our hearts to the men of the house that binds - Ramm, Billy, Jason, Dave, Trader, Anton, Hendricks, Troy and Ivan, Kia ora koutou
To all the other people who helped, supported and gave to us their many talents, deep from our hearts comes love" - from the documentary
Made with funding from NZ On Air
(Thanks to) Kingi and Tim for their music from the Inside.