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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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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 Apr 2014
Volume 2 Issue 1 of Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal includes: Editorial - Liz Morgan How Corrections measures progress towards its 25 percent reducing re-offending target - Peter W. Johnston Review of PhD research by Laura Hanby on the ability of the Dynamic Risk Assessment for Offender Re-entry (DRAOR) to identify risk and desistance for NZ parolees (2010-2012) -...
30 Nov 2013
Issue two of Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal focuses on youth offending and includes: Editorial - David Wales Early development and youth offending: Practical implications for intervention with, and reintegration of young prisoners - Devon L. L Polaschek Youth who sexually abuse: Characteristics, treatment outcomes and practice implications - Clare-Ann Fortune A new...
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.
May 2013
Issue one of Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal includes: Editorial - Ray Smith An evidence-base for reducing re-offending - Dr Carolina C. Lukkien and Dr Peter W. Johnston Getting the balance right - Neil Beales The role of the Chief Probation Officer and the Practice Leadership Team - Darius Fagan and Astrid Kalders One size doesn’t fit all: reducing re-offending – a...
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...
Nov 2012
The purpose of this review was to study evidence from five major domains of endeavour to identify a common set of interventions, initiatives, approaches and practices that increases understanding of what helps Maori succeed or improve outcomes in life. The investigation concentrated on reviewing studies that produced evidence that contributed to this understanding. The domains of interest were...
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...
Apr 2012
Throughout the last decade the Department of Corrections was faced with the need to accommodate significant increases in the number of prisoners, and to do so cost-effectively.  Amongst a number of strategies in response, extending the level of double bunking was pursued over a period spanning 2009-2011. This report outlines the findings of two separate phases of research exploring double...
This literature and research review looked at the status of domestic violence interventions in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, United States and New Zealand (2012).

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