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The Department of Corrections works to make New Zealand a better, safer place by:protecting the public from those who can cause harmreducing re-offending. Each week we manage 8,500 people in prisons and 30,000 offenders in our communities. Our 8,000 staff are committed to supporting offenders to help them address their offending and gain skills that will help them lead a crime-free life.

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Feb 2004
Achieving Effective Outcomes in Youth Justice is a cross-departmental research project aimed at identifying factors associated with effective outcomes in the youth justice system and assessing the extent to which the goals of the Children, Youth Persons and Their Families Act 1989 are being met. The research confirms the importance of: providing early intervention building positive...
Mar 2006
The project was initiated by the National Corrections Advisory Group (NCAG) in response to Corrective Services Administrators’ interest in more in-depth benchmarking analyses than is possible through the annual statistical collection process for the Report on Government Services (RoGS). An independent consultant was contracted in 2005 to undertake a comparative study of home detention programs...
This literature and research review looked at the status of domestic violence interventions in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, United States and New Zealand (2012).
Apr 2012
Community Sentence Patterns in New Zealand (published April 2012) investigates the reasons why there are relatively high volumes of offenders on community sentences in New Zealand compared with other jurisdictions. It compares criminal justice statistics from New Zealand to England/Wales, Australia, Scotland and the United States. The report provides an update on community sentence patterns in...
Jun 2016
A study of New Zealand prisoners conducted by the Department of Corrections in 1999 showed that up to 70 percent had drug and/or alcohol problems and a significant proportion had various mental health issues. However, that research didn’t consider the co-existence of mental health issues and drug/alcohol  problems, which overseas studies have identified as significant among prisoners....
7 May 2014
Social services are working more and more collaboratively to deliver services to New Zealanders. This occurs throughout the sector, from frontline NGOs delivering services on behalf of multiple agencies, all the way to agencies and Ministries in Wellington working together to find new solutions. This is based on the recognition that addressing complex social issues is rarely the responsibility...
30 Jun 2013
This is the final report of a three-phased formative evaluation of the Mothers with Babies (MWB) units, undertaken for the Department of Corrections (the Department) from late 2011 to early 2013.
13 Jun 2008
In 2006 the Department of Corrections was directed by the Government to investigate the use of Home Detention with respect to differences in the rate at which it was applied to Maori and Pacific peoples. This paper reports on the resulting study, which used data from Home Detention cases in 2005. It examines ethnicity-based differences in offenders obtaining Leave to Apply for Home Detention,...
The Offender Population Report (formerly known as the Offender Volumes Report) presents information about the offender population managed by the Department and helps Corrections plan and develop policies relating to offender management and rehabilitation. The report analyses offender volume patterns by age, gender, ethnicity, offence group and sentence type, and how these have changed...
13 May 2008
Māori are disproportionately represented in criminal justice statistics to an alarming degree. This paper attempts to shed light on why this is so. It examines the issue by considering the evidence for two different (though not mutually exclusive) explanatory approaches: that bias operates within the criminal justice system, such that any suspected or actual offending by Māori has harsher...

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