Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Restorative justice conferences impact reoffending

Restorative justice conferences impact reoffending rates - research

Offenders who take part in restorative justice conferences appear to reoffend at a lower rate than those who do not, according to research released today by the Ministry of Justice.

The research is contained in the report; ‘New Zealand Court-Referred Restorative Justice Pilot: Two year follow–up of reoffending’, which found that there was a small difference in reconviction rates between those who had attended a restorative justice conference compared to groups of offenders who had not experienced a conference. While the difference was not statistically significant, the decrease appeared to be real.

The Ministry of Justice has operated a pilot programme of court referred restorative justice in the Auckland, Waitakere, Hamilton and Dunedin District Courts since September 2001.

The research released today is the final stage in a substantial evaluation of the effectiveness of this model of restorative justice, in three key areas:

 Increasing the involvement of victims in the criminal justice process
Increasing victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system , and
 Reducing reoffending.

The main evaluation showed that the needs of victims were being met through the restorative justice process used in the pilot. The majority of victims, 87%, who participated in a restorative justice conference reported a positive experience and 68% said they would attend one again.

The restorative justice process is voluntary and a restorative justice conference or meeting is held only if both the victim and offender agree to participate. Conferences are convened by restorative justice facilitators from provider groups contracted by the Ministry of Justice. The Sentencing Act 2002 requires the outcomes of any restorative justice process to be taken into account in sentencing.

The report is available on the Ministry of Justice website: www.justice.govt.nz where it can be found in the recent news and updates section.


New Zealand Court-Referred Restorative Justice Pilot: Two year follow–up of reoffending

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>


Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>





InfoPages News Channels