The Prison population is dropping, fewer prisoners are in rehabilitation, more are committing violence in prison and recidivism rates are still above 50%.
The only trick Labour adopted when they took over was existing legislation National had simply ignored that allowed low level prisoners to serve their sentences at home under home detention rules.
The problem was under National, they didn’t bother actively helping prisoners fill in the paperwork to apply for it. The first thing Labour did was force Corrections to help the prisoners fill in the paperwork, and that is the only reason the prison muster fell.
It’s still the same old underfunded violent and corrupt prison system it always was with the same counterproductive policies.
Prisoners still have to admit guilt before they can access rehabilitation, which leads t fewer accessing it.
The prison environment is still too toxic to heal.
We are spending $1.7b on a prison system that is producing men more damaged than when they went in.
Sadly there are no votes in healing damaged men, only punishing them.
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