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Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged

Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged - Prison-Based Rehabilitation Not the Answer


31st August 2014

In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.htmlit closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues that the actual reduction in reoffending by ex-prisoners over three years is in the order of 5.51% or an average of 1.8% per annum. The reduction in community –based offending is in the order of 13.6% over three years, or 4.5% per annum, due primarily to an increase in alternative dispositions by the Police.

The public however, have been led to believe that the reduction is largely due to in-prison rehabilitation. This misrepresentation is leading to a view that ‘prison works’, and that prisons are the default location for offender rehabilitation. That has led to a serious investment imbalance, with a severe shortage of community based rehabilitation provision, and the potential for the prison population to increase even further.

Rethinking calls for a post-election review of the BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Plan, which would include reviewing its communication strategy, its goals (including a new goal to reduce imprisonment), a cost-benefit analysis of existing programmes, and the establishment of an independent external evaluation mechanism for all rehabilitation programmes. It should also consider whether justice resources are being invested in the right places, and a review of the purpose of prison.

Read the blog at: http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html
kim.workman@robsonhanan.org.nz


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