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

 


Smart on Crime ePub series - Issue No 1

Smart on Crime ePub series - Issue No 1 ‘Setting the Scene’ Now Available


This Smart on Crime ePub Series is Rethinking Crime and Punishment’s contribution to the public discussion and debate on criminal justice issues. It is intended that this information and discussion will contribute to a more effective crime and justice strategy in 2015 and beyond.

Issue #1 , ‘Setting the Scene’ is available online either as an ePub or pdf version by clicking here at http://www.rethinking.org.nz/Default.aspx?page=5347.

Hard copies of the issue are available by emailing office@rethinking.org.nz. When requesting a hard copy please consider a koha to help cover our costs by clicking here.

The series reflects the changing attitudes of New Zealanders away from the ‘tough vs soft’ debate of former years toward an approach which is ‘Smart’. Increasingly New Zealanders are looking for Smart on Crime policies: strategies, practices and processes which reduce not only the number of crime victims, but also the extent of social harm and the negative downstream consequences for victims, offenders, their families and whanau, and the wider community.

New Zealanders recognise that the criminal justice system is failing too many, costing too much, and helping too few. To effectively tackle these challenges, we must abandon heated rhetoric and explore policies based not on ideology, but on evidence. We must come together to forge a system that works for everyone. For this reason,Smart on Crime incorporates cost-effective, evidence-based solutions to address the worst problems in our system.

Issue #1 proposes a three pronged approach to criminal justice reform at three levels. The first level is to examine the operational effectiveness of the criminal justice system as it exists now, and the introduction of policies, actions, and strategies that have an early impact on reducing crime and social harm.

The second approach is to take a longer view, and develop strategies to reduce the drivers and causes of crime, over time, including the reduction of inequality and social deprivation.

The final and most daunting challenge is to do something that we have never done before; to have a nation-wide conversation about the sort of justice we want in New Zealand and how the justice system might better reflect the collective values and attitudes of a civilised nation. It is not sufficient to be a safe society if in doing so we behave in an unjust way.

Issue #2 will be out in a few weeks. Titled “What can I do to change your mind?” - Changing public attitudes towards crime and punishment”, it examines how our attitudes and values toward crime and punishment are formed, and the difficulty we all experience in changing our views about the best way of reducing crime and social harm. It proposes ways in which the public, policy makers, politicians and ‘influencing stakeholders’ can more effectively facilitate discussions and debate which lead to a shift away from entrenched attitudes and values, toward a more effective criminal justice system.

It is very likely that debate and discussion will increase both in range and intensity, as the 2014 General Election approaches. Rethinking Crime and Punishment has launched its Smart on Crime blog at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/ so that as issues arise in the media, they can be discussed in a timely way as part of the political policy process. Share it with your friends, and start a discussion about the kind of justice system we want to see in 2015 and beyond.

Noho ora mai


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Aftermath Of The Greenwald/Snowden Revelations

The credibility issues have come down to two main ones:

1 The email This has to do with whether Key knowingly agreed to use our immigration rules as a tool to ensnare and ultimately extradite Kim Dotcom, and do so largely at the behest of Hollywood’s leading corporates and their best friend in the White House, vice-President Joseph Biden. Some of the debate in the last few days has turned on the reliability of a Warners email that seems to set out this plan in black and white. IMO, the email is just the icing on the cake...

2. Mass surveillance Earlier to day I was going to try to explain the difference between what Edward Snowden/Glenn Greenwald were talking about (ie mass surveillance via the the cable-accessing SPEARGUN programme and the Xkeyscore analytical programme) and what Key has chosen to talk about instead in order to deliberately distract and confuse the public. Then I found that Keith Ng had not only beaten me to it, but had done so with beautiful lucidity. More>>

Out-Link - "Project SPEARGUN underway" • OnPoint • Public Address

Statement From The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

“I am only able to comment on specific GCSB activities through my annual and inquiry reports. However, I can advise that I have not identified any indiscriminate interception of New Zealanders’ data in my work to date. I will continue to monitor these issues.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Perception: Study Looks At Trustworthiness And Support Of Politicians

A University of Canterbury marketing study has looked at what impact the Thatcher Effect has on perceptions of trustworthiness and liking of New Zealand politicians leading up to the 2014 general election. More>>

ALSO:

History Lessons: Jamie Whyte At ACT Campaign Opening

It is nearly 20 years since the ACT party was born. Many people no longer remember why it was named ACT. They may imagine that it was on account of our determination to actually do things in parliament rather than simply occupy the seats and collect the salaries. That’s true but it isn’t the right answer... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news