Cutting reoffending

December 12th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The Government’s ambitious goal of reducing reoffending by 25 per cent is so ingrained in the Corrections system that prisoners are repeating it back to officials, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says.

An Auditor-General’s review of the Corrections Department’s efforts to reduce reoffending has praised its overall strategy and individual programmes, in particular the extension of to offenders serving short sentences.

Its reoffending policies were not without flaws, and the Auditor-General made recommendations such as ensuring that rehabilitation did not lapse once inmates had finished programmes and better management of offenders’ release into the community.

As part of the Government’s goals for the public sector, Corrections was aiming to reduce the rate at which prisoners reoffended within a year of release by 25 per cent before 2017.

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley said the ambitious goal had penetrated from officials at the top through to inmates, who had discussed it with the Auditor-General’s office during the review.

The report said the target had “struck the hearts and minds of staff” and encouraged them to innovate, because a “business as usual” approach would not allow them to reach the goal.

The Auditor-General said Corrections had a strong emphasis on evidence-based policy such as its focus on education and drug and alcohol programmes to cut offending.

All power to them. Many prisoners can not be rehabilitated and will keep offending until age gets to them. But we should do what we can to help those who can be rehabilitated to stop offending.

Corrections’ crusade

Goal: Reduce reoffending by 25 per cent by 2017*
Progress: 11.4 per cent reduction to December 2013
*from a June 2011 baseline

A good start.

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9 Responses to “Cutting reoffending”

  1. Judith (5,660 comments) says:

    Offending and re-offending stats are down world-wide. This is not specific to New Zealand.

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  2. thedavincimode (6,131 comments) says:

    When they’ve sorted the prisoners out, perhaps they could turn their attention to the parliamentarians.

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  3. Kimble (4,095 comments) says:

    Read that as “Cunliffe reoffending”.

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  4. PaulL (5,776 comments) says:

    @Judith: do you think that without this target that it would have improved to the same degree in NZ? (Note, genuine question. My guess is that it would probably have improved but not as much, but that’s purely a guess).

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  5. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    “…..The Government’s ambitious goal of reducing reoffending by 25 per cent is so ingrained in the Corrections system that prisoners are repeating it back to officials, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says….”

    Parents ambitious goal of reducing reoffending by 25 per cent is so ingrained in the Marriage system that toddlers are repeating it back to parents, aspiring Minister Colin Craig says….”

    Fixed that.

    FFS – everyone in NZ knows that prisons are NEARLY ONLY filled with males who have spent little or no time at all with their natural fathers. All prisons in all Western Nations are all exactly the same!!!!!

    But at least we have the Herald to protect us – by brown tongueing National and the bloody pitiful Anne Tolley! :cool:

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  6. duggledog (1,117 comments) says:

    I could cut reoffending by 85% in one fell swoop.

    Send all prisoners – all – on their second visit to a Chinese prison. Unlikely to reoffend.

    Agree with Harriet above. Best thing to do is continue the DPB

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  7. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    “….Agree with Harriet above. Best thing to do is continue the DPB…”

    Stop being a wanker – I never suggested that.

    I’m saying that fathers are VERY IMPORTANT in the lives of children, and those children who spend extended periods of time with their fathers are almost certain not to be jailed!

    Or drugged, unemployed, under educated…………Tolley knows all this……but thinks that ‘offending’ people by telling them the TRUTH will put more people in jail…….she is fucken ridiculous!!!!!

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  8. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    They start missing their children while in prison and that slows them down.

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  9. radvad (620 comments) says:

    As an 8x ex prisoner told me there is only one person who can rehabilitate you and that is yourself.

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