Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Youth Offending Programme Launched

28 April 2002

Details of a new youth offending programme targeting serious and habitual offenders were announced today by Justice Minister, Phil Goff.

“The Taskforce on Youth Offending highlighted major deficiencies in how New Zealand has dealt with youth offending.

“Serious young offenders are responsible for a large proportion of offences committed by young people and they are unlikely to cease offending without specific high quality intervention.

“There is a major gap in the system which has meant those serious young offenders either have to be dealt with by short term custody (up to three months) in a youth residence, or are sent to jail.

“The first offers too little time to deal with the entrenched problems usually associated with recidivist offending. The second generally is simply a stepping-stone to a lifetime of criminal offending, imposing a huge cost on the community and wasting a young person’s life.

“The new programme targets repeat offenders aged 14-16. While offenders guilty of crimes such as rape and murder will not be considered for the programme, those targeted will be the more serious offenders otherwise on a path to life in prison.

“The programme involves intensive rehabilitation, addressing all the causes of a young offenders behaviour.

“An 18-month three-stage programme with a residential period of up to one year will be sufficiently long to make a difference.

“The programme will operate in phases beginning with tightly restricted privileges and liberty, including a detoxification period, moving through to community-based therapy and reintegrative activity.

“The programme will be monitored by the Ministry of Justice, but will be managed by a Crown Trust, with a Board representing a partnership between the Government, private sector and community.

“A key element will be the follow-up to the programme involving the private sector.

“I welcome the interest and the commitment of Stephen Tindall of the Warehouse. Stephen has offered opportunities for training and mentoring with long-term training and career opportunities for suitable graduates from the programme. He will be working with other businesses to provide similar opportunities.

“Community groups such as those associated with Tainui have also offered to become involved to operate programmes in a way that provides family and community input to turning young offenders lives around.

“I pay particular tribute to Judge Carolyn Henwood who has been an inspiration and the catalyst to developing this programme.

“Budget 2002 will provide $2.85 million (including $700,000 capital expenditure) over three years to pilot the new programme. It will initially involve one centre and then may be expanded progressively to four others following a positive evaluation.

“This programme deals with the most difficult young offenders. Making the necessary changes in their lives will be a significant challenge. The alternative, inadequate intervention leading to entrenched adult criminal offending is however more costly to society, in terms of victims and expense.

“This programme, in conjunction with Day Reporting Centres and the Youth Drug Court pilot announced last week will make a real difference in terms of dealing with the problem of serious young offenders,” Mr Goff said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels