National needs to get smart on crime & punishment

The Green Party is calling on National to get smart on crime and invest more in rehabilitation services to help reduce re-offending.

The Green Party is calling on National to get smart on crime and invest more in rehabilitation services to help reduce re-offending.

The call comes after revelations today of a prison budget blow-out caused by more than a 700-person increase in the prison population in the past year.

“This Budget blow-out is another sign that National’s approach to crime and corrections is not working,” said Green Party Corrections spokesperson David Clendon.

“National is locking up more people than ever before and not increasing the spend on rehabilitation programmes to match, which means more reoffending and a greater overall cost to society.

“Minister Collins needs to take responsibility for the extra $41 million that will be spent this year just to house our prison population, in addition to the $900 million already in this year’s Budget.

“As Minister of Justice, Judith Collins passed a number of drastic laws which have directly resulted in an increase in the number of prisoners.

“Most of the people affected by the changes to bail laws are remand prisoners, who have yet to be sentenced. Forcing people to spend more time in jail waiting to be sentenced does not drastically reduce re-offending, but increases costs and risks for Corrections staff.

“It’s outrageous that National has allocated $10 million less to rehabilitation services than what was budgeted for in 2015, at a time when the prison population is higher than ever.

“National claims that it will reduce reoffending by 25 per cent by 2017. It is difficult to see how this will be achieved when they are cutting funding to services like Circles of Support and Accountability, which helps prevent re-offending by sex offenders.

“Similar services in Canada have been found to reduce the likelihood of re-offending by around 75 per cent.

“If National really wants to reduce re-offending then they need to prioritise funding for programmes which really make a difference, not just lock people up for longer and spend more money expanding prisons,” said Mr Clendon.

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action

Latest Justice Announcements

Story

Green Party seek amendment to ensure all prisoners can vote

The Green Party has today put forward an amendment to the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill to ensure all people in pr...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome police ruling out of Armed Response Teams

The Green Party is welcoming the police’s decision to rule out any extended use of the Armed Response Teams (ARTs) which were recently trialled in ...
Read More

Story

Green Party statement on the death of George Floyd

“Today and every day we stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family, friends and community who feel pain and fear about his untimely death at th...
Read More

Story

Budget 2020: Next steps to end family and sexual violence

The 2020 Budget includes significant support to stabilise New Zealand’s family violence services, whose work has been shown to be so essential thro...
Read More

Policy

Justice Policy

The best way to keep people safe is to stop crime happening in the first place. The justice system should focus on supporting victims and rehabilit...
See More

Story

Justice report highlights systemic racism and inequality: Green Party

The Green Party welcome two reports that speak to fixing our justice system so that systemic racism does not further hurt our Māori communities, an...
Read More