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


Reintegration programme will help make NZ safer

26 November 2004

Reintegration programme will help make New Zealand safer

The Green Party has warmly welcomed a pilot programme to help newly released inmates reintegrate into society.

Green Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos, who attended the programme’s launch this afternoon at Rimutaka Prison in Upper Hutt, said it was a welcome sign that a more intelligent approach to crime reduction was being taken by the Government.

“Our justice system should be committed to reducing crime as much as it is to punishing offenders,” said Nandor. “This programme is a small step in the right direction.”

The pilot programme will see three ‘Regional Reintegration Coordinators’ appointed, who will work with agencies such as Housing Corporation, WINZ, police, educational institutions and local government to ensure that released inmates are able to get housing, an income, and work or training.

“It is incredibly hard for people released from prison to reintegrate into ‘straight’ society,” Nandor said. “If you have done a lag, it’s hard to get a job. It can be hard to access training programmes and get accommodation.

“It is an almost inevitable path back to prison for many people. This programme will make that path less likely.

“Building more prisons and locking up more people is not a viable solution. The only way to make New Zealanders safer is to reduce offending and reoffending.

“The Greens are committed to rehabilitation and reintegration programmes because we know they work. Some politicians try to create a climate of fear, campaigning for tougher and tougher sentences even though this does nothing to reduce reoffending rates. This programme is a recognition that there is another approach to crime reduction, and we hope to see it expanded throughout the country.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need...

In 2017 it is not unusual for families to be living in their cars, in garages, or in substandard boarding houses. Food banks are unable to meet the soaring demands from not only beneficiaries but, increasingly, the working poor. Private charities, such as KidsCan and Variety, are overwhelmed by the demand from poor families for basic necessities. More>>



Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>





Featured InfoPages