Criminal justice reform

16 December 2019
New Zealand Government
Publication date:

Two reports published:

Turuki! Turuki!, Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora

Te Tangi o te Manawanui: recommendations for reform, Chief Victims Advisor

From the Minister's press release:

...As a first step to respond to the reports’ recommendations, the government has committed to:

  • Ensuring the environment in which justice is administered is safe and effective for victims, offenders, and all participants – with a further announcement on this to be made in coming days
  • Comprehensive system change over time that treats victims with respect and dignity, treats offenders more effectively in order to reduce offending, and makes the system more responsive to community expectations of accountability and harm prevention.
  • Make the pilot Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) courts in Auckland and Waitakere permanent immediately, and to immediately fund a new AODT court in Hamilton because of the impact these courts have on reducing offending. Within two years, AODT Court participants are 23% less likely to reoffend for any offence, 35% less likely to reoffend for a serious offence, and 25% less likely to be imprisoned because of their reoffending.
  • The rollout of other therapeutic and specialist courts over time
  • Working with Māori on decision-making to improve outcomes across the justice system ...

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