Government should consider again about new prisons

Craig McCulloch

Wellington, Mar 29, 2018

New Zealand’s probity complement is damaged and building new prisons is not a answer, a news from a Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor says.

It comes as a supervision decides either to build a new 3000-bed mega-prison in Waikeria in farming Waikato.

Peter Gluckman expelled a news authored by Justice Sector Science Advisor Dr Ian Lambie today.

“The whole indicate of this paper is to inspire a rethink,” Sir Peter said.

Bursting jail population

The news blamed a ripping jail race on unbroken governments for adopting tough-on-crime policies instead of following a evidence.

“The New Zealand jail race is augmenting and is one of a top in a OECD during a time when crime rates are indeed decreasing. We keep imprisoning some-more people in response to convictions not data,” he said.

There are only underneath 11,000 inmates around a nation – scarcely double a series of 20 years ago.

Ministry calculations guess that a race has increasing by about 1800 people quite due to process changes introduced given a year 2000.

Doubled expenditure

The volume spent on prisons has doubled given 2005 and tripled given 1996, a news said.

Dr Lambie pronounced a justification suggested resources should be put into impediment and early involvement rather than building some-more prisons.

“New prisons are not a answer,” he said.

“Generally, prisons don’t work. You’re distant improved to indeed spend income during a other finish of a life march … there are distant fewer victims. It’s distant some-more cost-effective.”

Smarter proceed

The news also endorsed “a smarter proceed to reconstruction and successive amicable inclusion for those already in a criminal-justice system”.

Dr Lambie lucky a some-more “holistic” proceed like those adopted by Scandinavian countries.

“They’re building smaller prisons. They have a really clever concentration on mental health needs and building mental health units within a jail system.”

Leading academics and amicable groups called on a supervision this year to throw a designed mega-prison in Waikeria.

The supervision is approaching to announce either it will go forward with a trickery in a subsequent few weeks.

Short and Long-term

Justice Minister Andrew Little pronounced both short-and long-term factors had to be deliberate when creation a decision.

“We do have a jail complement that is underneath outrageous vigour right now and we have to residence that,” Mr Little said.

The supervision has set a aim of shortening a jail race by 30 percent over 15 years. Mr Little pronounced he’d shortly announce a operation of changes to a broader probity complement to assistance accommodate that goal.

“Right from immature offending, early interventions – and afterwards what we do with people who do finish adult in jail so they’re spending reduction time there,” Mr Little said.

National probity orator Mark Mitchell deserted a idea that his party’s proceed was not working.

“We have to understanding with existence … we have good people who infrequently make mistakes, though infrequently we only have bad people and afterwards infrequently we have immorality people.

“I don’t wish to see people expelled from jail and entrance behind into a village until we can be as certain as we can that indeed they’re safe”.

Craig McCulloch Political Reporter during Radio New Zealand. Indian Newslink has published a above Report and Picture underneath a Special Agreement with


Photo Caption:

Paremoremo Prison in Auckland

(RNZ Picture by Claire Eastham-Farrelly)