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

 

Praise for JustSpeak’s new report ‘The Case Against Prisons’

Praise for JustSpeak’s new report ‘The Case Against Prisons’

Prison abolitionist organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) supports JustSpeak’s new report ‘The Case Against Prisons’.

‘The report outlines why the common arguments in favour prisons don’t stack up and why we desperately need to be investing in alternatives to prisons,’ says PAPA spokeswoman Emilie Rākete.

JustSpeak begins by demonstrating why the argument that prisons are necessary to deter crime is untrue. ‘When people are committing crimes, the evidence suggests that the possibility of imprisonment doesn’t factor into their reasoning,’ says Rākete.

‘Prisons also make it much harder to rehabilitate people. Community-based rehabilitation programs are far more successful at addressing problem drug and alcohol use, as well as reducing reoffending.’

People Against Prisons Aotearoa supports the call from JustSpeak for a greater focus on alternatives to prisons, as well as for a different way of thinking about criminalised behaviour.

‘Our prison system is fundamentally broken and unfixable. A safer and more just society will be one without prisons.’

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Alarm Bells: Teacher Shortages Worst Since Surveys Began

PPTA: “There is a wave of teachers about to retire and I’m embarrassed to say that we have reached the point where we are begging them to stay on, for another term, another year, until the crisis is over.”

“Young graduates no longer want to enter the profession, the pay is far too low compared to what they earn in other careers and, of the new teachers who do enter the profession, nearly half burn out and leave within five years.” More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2018

To put it mildly, Budget 2018 has not been an outbreak of wild-eyed, tax and spend liberalism... More>>

ALSO:


Corrections Officers: 600 New Prison Beds Not Enough

Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced 600 new prison beds to be built in modular units by the end of next year, but would not say whether the extension of Waikeria Prison would go ahead. More>>

ALSO:

Peters Returns: Visit Reinforces New Zealand-Japan Relationship

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has departed Tokyo following a productive three-day visit to Japan. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Regressive Taxes

The headlines would have you believe that inflation is safely under control, but a Statistics NZ press release indicates that isn’t the reality being experienced by the poor, given how the steeply rising costs of smoking, petrol, rent etc are falling disproportionately on low to middle income earners. More>>

ALSO:

Overlapping Treaty Claims: ‘You Are Taking Us To War’

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little was speaking about the treaty process and the importance of communication when he was challenged by a kaumatua from Tauranga Moana. More>>

ALSO:

Workplace Harrassment: Rights Body's Policy Inadequate

"Judge Coral Shaw’s report confirms what our members at the HRC have told us: that the workplace culture at the HRC needs to be addressed," PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says. More>>

ALSO:

Charter Schools: Transition Begins

As the next step in the transition of charter schools into the state school system, the formal process to end charter school contracts is starting today, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages