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


Media Needs to be Well Informed on Law and Order issues

Media Needs to be Well Informed on Law and Order issues Pre-election

Date : 1st July 2014

Rethinking Crime and Punishment is urging media outlets to be better informed on crime on justice issues, heading into the general election. “In its latest blog , “Seven Sharp and Penal Policy – Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” spokesperson Kim Workman makes a favourable comparison between the quality of the public law and order debate now, and the same debate ten years ago.. You can read the blog athttp://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/seven-sharp-and-penal-policy-lets-do.html

Kim Workman identified the recent media response to Justspeak’s ‘Unlocking Prisons’ report as an excellent example of a responsible and well informed media. “It's a different debate than that of a decade ago, when the discussion was dominated by the 'tough on crime' polemic that labelled disputants as “soft lefties”, ''liberal loonies', and the such. It is not only prisons that have been unlocked but ideas; and those ideas are generating a new wave of discussion.”

“As the public mood has shifted from the 'tough on crime' rhetoric, something else had to replace it. More and more, the debate is centring on a different question “Is what we are doing working?” This is not just a discussion for elitist academics or criminal justice professionals. The wider community has a stake in the outcome, and more people are having their say. As that discussion occurs, the gap between competing opinions has closed – we discover things we can agree on, rather than focus on the things that set us apart.”

“There are of course exceptions, and the Seven Sharp’s recent interview on the ‘Unlocking Prisons’ report was one of them. Mike Hosking promoted two ideas. First, that a correlation exists between a high imprisonment rate and a declining crime rate. Second, that the New Zealand public have a ‘general desire’ to see public locked up and punished. There is no evidence for either of those propositions, and our blog explains why. The danger is that the public watching the programme will regard Mike Hosking as an authoritative source, which in turn can distort public opinion.”

“It is clear that the New Zealand public are ready and willing to become part of the response to a more effective criminal justice system. All they need is accurate information and opportunity.”

“Informed public opinion encourages truth telling and honesty. That can work to the disadvantage of anyone who makes claims unsupported by evidence. Rethinking Crime and Punishment is in the business of informing citizens, the mass media, practitioners, policy-makers and politicians about what works in reducing crime. In the process it highlights the flaws in quick and dirty research, identifies populist measures that have no evidential basis, and suggests approaches that will get better results. We are already providing information and research to a number of media outlets, and our criminal justice information clearing house, Te Pataka is steadily accumulating research information, and is available online.”
“We need to move out of the 2004 time warp, and promote informed and responsible public debate.”
Rethinking’s blog “Seven Sharp and Penal Policy – Let’s do the Time Warp Again” is available athttp://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/seven-sharp-and-penal-policy-lets-do.html

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news