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(From The Dominion Post)
Byline: McLOUGHLIN David
LAWYER Tony Ellis says 200 former solitary confinement inmates are in the running for $4.5 million in compensation as a result of the High Court award of $130,000 to five of New Zealand's most difficult prisoners.
Mr Ellis said yesterday he had received inquiries from up to 30 inmates seeking compensation similar to that awarded this week to murderer Christopher Taunoa and four others who were kept illegally in a harsh solitary regime in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.
An inmate who phoned him from jail yesterday had spent 23 months in Paremoremo's "behaviour management regime", almost as …