A formative evaluation of the 'Tai Aroha' residential community-based programme for high-risk offenders (2012).
Since October 2007, the number of community-based sentencing options available to the judiciary increased. This led to an increase in the number of offenders in the community requiring rehabilitative interventions. Although the range of rehabilitative options increased, very few...
This review covers: trends in youth offending in New Zealand, developmental considerations, interventions and youth offending, characteristics of effective programmes, and specific responsivity (2012).
Prisoners serving sentences for sex offences make up around 20 percent of the New Zealand prison population on any given date. As a sub-group within the general offender population, sex offenders share a number of important characteristics. Awareness of those characteristics has relevance for understanding reconviction data of the type presented here. Firstly, victim surveys indicate that, of all...
A substantial body of research evidence, known as the “What Works” literature, was influential in the design of the Department’s current sentence management framework. This literature revolved around a number of key principles of correctional rehabilitation which, if adhered to in the design and delivery of services, would reliably lead to reduced rates of re-offending. The principles...
This report is the second in a series of reports which summarise patterns of reconviction (over 5 years) amongst almost 35000 offenders who started community sentences in 2002/03.
Offender characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, age at start of sentence, age at first conviction, offence type and offenders’ previous criminal history are each examined with reference to reconviction and...
15 Sep 2008
Reducing re-offending is an important outcome objective for most correctional services. As such, measures of recidivism, particularly reconviction and re-imprisonment rates, are key indicators of those services’ performance.
The data presented here are based on the “recidivism index” (RI) methodology used in the Department of Corrections’ (“the Department’s”) annual reporting of reconviction...
15 Sep 2008
I am pleased to introduce this report as it provides a wealth of information on re-offending patterns amongst released prisoners.
The statistical information in this report is based on a cohort of offenders released from prison sentences in New Zealand over a 12 months period in 2002-2003.
While there is no reason to believe that overall rates of re-imprisonment in New Zealand are worse...
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,...
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...
This report summarises patterns of reconviction and imprisonment, over a 48 months period, amongst almost 35,000 offenders who started community sentences (Supervision, Community Work) and orders (front-end Home Detention) during the 12 months period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003.
The analysis reveals important differences of reconviction behaviour of different sub-groups of offenders who...