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Cabinet to discuss prison mail policies today, in wake of 4chan letter controversy


Cabinet is today discussing strengthening the process around prisoners sending and receiving letters. 

Last week, it was revealed the man accused of the Christchurch terrorist attack sent a letter from Auckland Prison at Paremoremo that later appeared on 4chan. 

Corrections officials were aware of the recipients of seven letters he had sent. Two additional were withheld. 

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis read the letter after it was uploaded to 4chan and called its release "unacceptable". 

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Christine Stevenson says the letter should not have been able to be sent. Source: Breakfast

"The letter should not have gotten out - I've expressed that disappointment directly to [corrections]," he said last week. 

Today, Mr Davis told 1 NEWS Government was looking at the laws to see if they are fit for purpose. 

For more on this story, watch 1 NEWS at 6pm. Source: 1 NEWS

He said corrections processes were also being analysed to see if they are "up to scratch". 

"It would appear that they weren't," he said. 

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The letter, which made it past the prison vetting system, contains anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic hate.

Corrections chief executive Christine Stevenson now has the final say on letters received and sent by the accused terrorist attacker.

On Friday, it was reported another inmate, white supremacist Philip Arps, sent objectionable letters to major news outlets, including TVNZ. 

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It comes after the man accused of the Christchurch terrorist attack was able to send letters to far right groups from prison. Source: 1 NEWS