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

 


NZ needs more crime prevention not more prisons

NZ needs more crime prevention not more prisons


New Zealand needs more initiatives aimed at reducing our prison population, Green Party justice spokesperson David Clendon said today.

Today JustSpeak a non-partisan network wanting to change New Zealand’s criminal justice system released a report on how they consider New Zealand’s prison system can be improved. The report is entitled Unlocking Prisons: ‘How we can improve New Zealand’s prison system’.

“International experience in the criminal justice area shows that investing in drug and alcohol treatment, properly funded mental health services and, properly resourced rehabilitation and reintegration services will deliver safer communities for all of us,” said Mr Clendon.

“Instead successive governments have spent enormous sums of money building more prisons to incarcerate more New Zealanders under the guise of so-called ‘tough on crime’ initiatives.

“New Zealand does not want to go down the same route as the United States which locks up around one in every hundred of its citizens.

“We need instead to have a debate about how to keep our communities safe and how to move more resources towards preventing crime rather than building prisons for private companies to operate and profit from.

“As JustSpeak note in their report many of those sentenced to prison go on to reoffend once released.

“Sending more and more people to prison won’t necessarily make us any safer in the long term,” Mr Clendon said.

“The reoffending rate for those sentenced to home detention is actually far lower than for those sentenced to prison, according to this report.

“As the evidence in Just Speaks report shows, there are real advantages for the offender, their community and New Zealand as a whole in regarding prison as the last possible resort.

“Organisations and programmes that offer genuine paths to preventing crime and reoffending are being starved for money and other resources.

“New Zealand needs to look at shifting resources away from building more and more prisons into crime prevention strategies.

“This reinvestment will make communities safer and divert people away from offending and support them to be contributing members of society,” Mr Clendon said.

Link to JustSpeak:
http://justspeak.org.nz/

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On Where Greece Goes From Here

As one candid British commentator tried to come to grips with why his confident prediction of a “Yes” vote in Greece has failed so resoundingly, he said that he’d made that prediction from his own viewpoint – as someone with savings to protect. But most Greek people, he suddenly realised, didn’t have that concern anymore after five years of austerity. Duh. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cabinet Presser: EQC Reform, Greece & Surplus Stimulation

Prime Minister John key discussed proposals for reform of the EQC act and the Greek economic crisis at a press conference in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

GCSB/NZSIS: Intelligence And Security Reviewers Seek Public’s Views

“We are seeking public submissions to help us determine what issues to focus on during the review,” says Sir Michael Cullen. “We want to hear your views on what the GCSB and NZSIS should be doing to protect New Zealand and how they should do it.” More>>

Education: Schools Funded To Trial Innovative Approaches

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices. “I’m delighted with the quality of the 39 projects that have won funding in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund worth a total of about $2.6 million,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Generation Zero: Skypath Granted Resource Consent

Generation Zero is delighted and relieved that the ‘Skypath’ walking and cycling addition to the Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Two New Auckland Special Housing Areas

Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. More>>

ALSO:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news