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28 Nov 17 Completed

Editorial - Stephen Cunningham

Addressing the imbalance: Enhancing women's opportunities to build offence free lives through gender responsivity - Hannah McGlue

Collaborative, relational and responsive: Principles for the case management of women in prison - Marianne Bevan

Methamphetamine use disorders among New Zealand prisoners - Jill Bowman

Strengthening continuity of care: Corrections' Alcohol and Other Drug Aftercare Worker Pilot - Caitlin Chester

Suicide in New Zealand prisons - 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2016 - Robert Jones

9 Dec 16 Completed

Editorial - Changing practice; changing lives

This edition focuses on some key pieces of work being led by Corrections as well as initiatives being jointly led with other organisations, for example in the employment space and the family violence sector.

22 Jun 16 Completed

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.

21 Dec 15 Commissioned

Research indicates that there exists high prevalence rates of problem gambling behaviour among prisoners in New Zealand regardless of gender (Sullivan, Brown and Skinner,2002; Abbot and McKenna, 2005: Abbot, McKenna and Giles; 2005).

20 Nov 15 Completed

This literature review examines human rights issues relating to New Zealand prisons, primarily in relation to the period 2004-2010.  The period has been one of significant change.  The report includes an outline of the legal and regulatory framework; developments in legislation and case law; and discussion of human rights issues and debates raised in international and domestic fora.  The review shows that real progress has been made since 2004, with regard to building and maintaining human rights standards in penal institutions. 

16 Nov 15 Completed

This study reports on the Māori data collected as part of a research project on the children of prisoners carried out in 2009 and 2010, for Pillars, a community organisation that works with the families of prisoners.

6 Oct 15 Completed

Prisoners have a high need for mental health services. The Ministry of Health (the Ministry) estimates that prisoners are three times more likely to require access to specialist mental health services than people in the general population. Providing treatment for mental illness in prisons can deliver significant benefits not just for prisoners but also for prison staff and people in the wider community.

2 Oct 15 Completed

This paper considers the case for criminalisation of hard-core cartel behaviour. Two frameworks are applied for considering the issue: retributive justice and deterrence (so as to minimise the social loss). The conclusion is reached that hard-core cartel behaviour has a serious moral dimension and that criminalisation of the offence is justifiable when a retributive approach is taken.

18 Sep 15 Completed

Over the past few years the NZ Police Workplace Survey has helped provide valuable insight into the climate of our organisation. It has provided a focus for discussion around the perceptions and opinions of staff across a range of areas and issues.

As an organisation, level of engagement has become an important performance measure, which is being tracked along with things like prevention and crime reduction, focus on victims and contribution to Justice Sector performance.

16 Jul 15 Completed

This report summarises patterns of reconviction amongst almost 5000 offenders who were released from prison over a twelve-month period in 2002/03. It reveals important differences in the post-release re-offending behaviour of different sub-groups of offenders. Offender characteristics such as age (at time of release), gender, ethnicity, offence type, length of the prison sentence, and risk level, are each examined with reference to reconviction.

15 Jul 15 Completed

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:

15 Jul 15 Completed

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.

15 Jul 15 Completed

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 than those of other countries, from my perspective these rates are too high, and need to come down.

15 Jul 15 Completed

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 imprisonment.

The study also pays particular attention to reconviction outcomes for offenders on Home Detention orders.

15 Jul 15 Completed

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.

15 Jul 15 Completed

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.