Category Archives: NZ Prison

Drug and alcohol programmes in prison down 75% — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: The Government has promised to improve mental health but the number of prisoners attending drug and alcohol programmes has plummeted by 75 percent in five years. …And despite health being one of prison’s biggest issues, the number of prisoners in drug and alcohol programmes is plummeting. Five years ago, about 6300 programmes were…

via Drug and alcohol programmes in prison down 75% — Kiwiblog

41% Of Offenders Not Completing Te Pae Oranga — The BFD

Labour’s Te Pae Oranga programme is failing to hold offenders to account with 59% of people being sent to the alternative justice panels failing to complete the programme, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Alternative resolutions have a place for low level offending, however the Government also needs to ensure people who are referred…

via 41% Of Offenders Not Completing Te Pae Oranga — The BFD

Kelvin Davis Missing in Action — The BFD

Yesterday Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis appeared before the Justice Select Committee to brief the committee about the 92 per cent increase in assaults against Corrections Officers that has taken place since he became Minister, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Instead of providing answers, the Minister offered excuses and failed to answer why he…

via Kelvin Davis Missing in Action — The BFD

The root cause of the Housing Crisis, the Crime Stats, Oranga Tamariki, our lack of Productivity Growth our Prison Population, oh, and our significant education decline — Kiwiblog

I started teaching in 1991. It is an incredibly frustrating system to be a part of – despite many, many good people being involved and some good intentions. The best analogy I can think of is that the system acts like a human with a pea sized brain, virtually no nervous system to communicate to…

via The root cause of the Housing Crisis, the Crime Stats, Oranga Tamariki, our lack of Productivity Growth our Prison Population, oh, and our significant education decline — Kiwiblog

Corrections helping Tarrant spread his white supremacist hate — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Corrections says a letter sent out of prison by the alleged Christchurch shooter should have been “withheld”.On Tuesday a post appeared on /pol/, a 4chan thread infamous for graphic content and controversial comments, which read: “A couple of months ago I sent a letter to Brenton Tarrant and today I finally got a response.”The user,…

via Corrections helping Tarrant spread his white supremacist hate — Kiwiblog

An attempt to address Māori reoffending rates launched — Your NZ

 

The biggest problem with Māori imprisonment levels is that too many Māori get involved in crime in the first place. People identifying as Māori make up about 15% of the new Zealand population, but just over half of those in prison are Māori. Ethnicity of Prisoners (March 2019) However it is very difficult to deal […]

via An attempt to address Māori reoffending rates launched — Your NZ

Tamaki threatens to cause prison revolts — Your NZ

A war of words is escalating between Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis and head of Destiny Church Brian Tamaki, with Tamaki threatening to cause “inmates in every prison” if his ManUp programme isn’t allowed in prisons. This morning at Newsroom: Davis knocks down Destiny’s ‘Man Up’ programme Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has stamped out any […]

via Tamaki threatens to cause prison revolts — Your NZ

Yet another manifestly unjust — Kiwiblog

NZ’s three strikes law is once again undermined by a third striker escaping a penalty of maximum sentence with no parole. Let’s look at the case of Bailey Sanders. 1st strike – knife attack on two members of public in 2014. Got 32 months.2nd strike – assault on another inmate in 2016. Got five years3rd…

via Yet another manifestly unjust — Kiwiblog

Weak Justice is No Justice

Predator.jpgJustice for victims and protection of the innocent are being denied with recent sentences for violent crime.

“Our Justice system is looking more and more predator friendly, and the insipid measures by the current government underline this perverting of justice”, says Elliot Ikilei, Deputy Leader, New Conservative.

Recounting recent court decisions Mr Ikilei challenges the system that is bringing greater harm to innocent victims.

Last year an Academic of Journalism molested an 82 year old lady inside her rest home. She tried to stop him, but he forcibly kissed her, touched her, pulled his pants down. When help finally arrived they found her wet underwear, incontinence pad and trousers in a rubbish bin. She bravely fought against this predator, but he was just too physically strong. The university academic also told police it was “consensual” (Stuff report, 26 Jan).

Last Friday he received 8 months home detention. How comfortable.

Last year another predator was sentenced, betraying the difficult and honourable cause of Youth Work; he groomed a child while being in charge of looking after others, sent her photos of his penis and clips of him masturbating, and even planned activities for other children that enabled his predatory behaviour to have the child perform sexual acts upon him, including oral sex. Weeks before being sentenced, he mocked the victim and victim’s family. He was 21 and the child was 12 when contact began.

He received 11 months home detention and a programme. XBox or Playstation?

Another sentence from last year, was an abuser who brutally beat his 9 month old baby so bad that the baby was hospitalised with fractures to cheekbones, ripped bottom lip, tongue and around mouth and eyes so swollen that the baby boy could barely open them. He also gave his girlfriend a beating with a weapon and kicked her on the ground before demanding she feed the brutalised baby.

He received 9 months home detention and community service. The judge was likely humiliated when the abuser popped off to the pub that very night with a selfie posted on FB for beating prison time. “Last day at court sweet. Now I can live my life.”

Home detentions have been given out for abusing the weak and causing lifelong harm to children, for killing, for brutal and sadistic crimes, yet we seem to be seeing more of these.

Why do we not protect the innocent and punish the guilty?

Why do we insult the lives of those who have been molested, hurt, killed?

Is home detention being considered when sentencing due to Labour’s push towards getting prison numbers lower?

“New Conservative will encourage Restorative Justice while removing discounted sentencing, get rid of ‘serve concurrently’ and engage in our 3 stage sentencing,” concludes Ikilei. “We will also fight for increases to maximum sentences for crimes including sexual and violent crime. Protect the innocent, punish the guilty, and only then will we stop the state insulting/traumatising the victims in our community.”

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More support proposed for released prisoners — Your NZ

Currently prisoners are released from prison with $350, only if they have photo ID. Immediate job prospects for many of them will be poor. It must be difficult to get set up and survive. It must be easy for them to quickly go back to old acquaintances and old habits, with a high chance of […]

via More support proposed for released prisoners — Your NZ

Little ducking for cover over changes to bail, parole and sentencing laws — Your NZ

Being ‘tough on crime’, prison numbers, and law and order have long been a political football, with successive governments pandering to populist demands for fear of being seen as responsible for awful crimes. The Labour-led government has an ambitious goal of reversing the prison population by 30%, and have already had some success in reducing […]

via Little ducking for cover over changes to bail, parole and sentencing laws — Your NZ

Prisoner numbers reducing & 3000 offenders a year sentenced to home detention — Your NZ

A lot is being said about the escalating prison population over the last decade – but it could have been far worse if home detention hadn’t been introduced in 2007. There are now about 3,000 people a year being sentenced to home detention. although the numbers have eased back since early this year due to […]

via Prisoner numbers reducing & 3000 offenders a year sentenced to home detention — Your NZ

Davis claims that prisoner numbers have reduced by 600 — Your NZ

 

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has claimed that prisoner numbers have reduced by 600 in an interview yesterday on Newshub Nation. If this is true that would be a remarkable turnaround on recent forecasts. Recently published projections, which show a prison population of 10,308 for 2017. RNZ (2 July 2018): Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis changes inmate […]

via Davis claims that prisoner numbers have reduced by 600 — Your NZ

Nation: Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis on reducing prisoner numbers — Your NZ

I think it’s fair to say that Kelvin Davis has been quite disappointing in his public appearances as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Corrections. He has taken part in this week’s Justice Summit, which has been trying to kick off discussions on how to reduce the currently surging prisoner numbers. As Davis is also […]

via Nation: Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis on reducing prisoner numbers — Your NZ

Ngāpuhi ‘is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world’ — Your NZ

The Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says that Māori make up over 50% of the population, and the Northland tribe Ngāpuhi “is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world”. Kelvin Davis (RNZ): ‘Ngāpuhi [probably] ‘most incarcerated tribe in the world’ Mr Davis said Māori make up over 50 percent of the prison population, and he wants […]

via Ngāpuhi ‘is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world’ — Your NZ

I bet I’ll be called a racist, but facts are facts are facts… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

I bet I’ll be called a racist, but facts are facts are facts. Lindsay Mitchell posts these two charts: and; Surprised? I’m not. The luvvies in government will have you know that the two things are not at all related. No sireee. Not relevant. Various “experts” will tell you that the incarceration rates are in…

via I bet I’ll be called a racist, but facts are facts are facts… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Bail law and remand prisoner numbers — Your NZ

A change to bail laws is credited as a significant reason for a rapidly increasing prison population, but a change in approach by judges has also contributed. Minister of Justice Andrew Little has indicated he wants to change the bail laws, but this is a tricky political issue. If bail laws are relaxed it’s certain […]

via Bail law and remand prisoner numbers — Your NZ

Labour’s prison hypocrisy — Kiwiblog

Laura Walters at Stuff reports: Do as I say, not as I do. Entering Government almost inevitably makes a hypocrite out of a morally assured opposition, and the coalition’s new prison is a prime example. It sure is. In order to get something across the line to help alleviate the pressure on the system, before planned…

via Labour’s prison hypocrisy — Kiwiblog

Actually Andrew, that is precisely what Kiwi voters want — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Andrew Little is valiantly trying to convince voters that his “catch-and-release” policy for criminal justice reform is needed. Quote: Andrew Little has initiated a review of bail, sentencing and parole laws, and better rehabilitation of prisoners. Mr Little told Newshub Nation that the policy followed over the past 30 years could not continue. “On the current trajectory…

via Actually Andrew, that is precisely what Kiwi voters want — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Gower wants the old Kelvin back — Kiwiblog

Patrick Gower writes: Kelvin Davis is a “wounded man walking” who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower. The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates would be double-bunked. Corrections boss Ray Smith interjected after Mr Davis froze, confirming Newshub’s…

via Gower wants the old Kelvin back — Kiwiblog

Labour’s new policy – mattresses on the ground for prisoners! — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: If prisoner numbers continue to climb and there are not enough beds to go around inmates could find themselves sleeping on mattresses on the ground, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. So rather than have enough beds to match the prison population, Labour’s policy is to have prisoners sleeping on mattresses on the…

via Labour’s new policy – mattresses on the ground for prisoners! — Kiwiblog

Suicide surge in increasingly crowded prisons — Your NZ

It has been well known for some time that prison space has been under pressure due to increasing prisoner numbers, but the Government does not seem to have acted with urgency. There may be a cost. NZH: The number of people trying – and succeeding – in taking their lives while in prison has surged […]

via Suicide surge in increasingly crowded prisons — Your NZ

HDPA on Little’s poor excuses on criminal justice reform — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Heather du Plessis-Allan isn’t particularly enamoured with the weak excuses Andrew Little is offering up for scrapping ‘three strikes’ and reforming bail laws: Quote: Andrew Little may well have the best intentions. He may really believe his justice reforms will fix crime. Problem is, that’s not how it looks. It looks like he’s scratching around…

via HDPA on Little’s poor excuses on criminal justice reform — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

What is Kelvin Davis going to do about this development? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Kelvin Davis made a massive fuss over private prisons, fight clubs and anything untoward happening in any prison. He took a criminal friendly approach to matters. One wonders what he is going to do about this: Quote: A campaign of “organised violence” by gang member inmates against guards has led to dozens of staff at Auckland…

via What is Kelvin Davis going to do about this development? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A school teacher does what Andrew Little failed to do, some research on ‘Three Strikes’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Andrew Little has claimed that ‘three strikes’ doesn’t work, yet has produced no evidence to suggest this is true. A school teacher does what Andrew Little failed to do, some research on ‘Three Strikes’. He writes in his email which was sent to many politicians across the political spectrum and also to many news outlets,…

via A school teacher does what Andrew Little failed to do, some research on ‘Three Strikes’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Three Strikes Law Is About The Public, Not Offender — Family First NZ

Media Release 22 May 2018 Family First NZ is slamming a decision to bypass the effect of the Three Strikes Law, labeling it as flawed and dangerous. Dylyn Davis brutally attacked and murdered his partner before leaving her to die on their garage floor, but has avoided life imprisonment without parole in the Hamilton High…

via Three Strikes Law Is About The Public, Not Offender — Family First NZ

Yes Nanaia dear, that’s the general idea — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Nanaia Mahuta, the Tainui Princess aka Nanaiapotamus, doesn’t want to build a new prison in her electorate because… if you build it, it will get filled up with prisoners: Quote: The government may not be going ahead with the mega prison at Waikeria, after the Maori Development Minister said today they would not throw “$1…

via Yes Nanaia dear, that’s the general idea — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Waikeria ‘mega prison’ won’t be built but Government remains vague — Your NZ

Decisions on what to do about an escalating New Zealand prison population are still pending, but the government has revealed it has ruled out building a 2.500 bed prison expansion at Waikeria. other options are being considered. Limited measures were announced in the Budget. Grant Robertson: Our goal is to stop the spiralling prison population […]

via Waikeria ‘mega prison’ won’t be built but Government remains vague — Your NZ

Science versus ‘populist voice’ on criminal justice — Your NZ

It is often said that populist public pressure has pushed politicians into tougher penalties, and this has pushed the prison population to the extent that New Zealand has one of the highest incarceration rates in the developed world. David Fisher has a ‘big read’ at the Herald on Justice path and bulging prisons – will […]

via Science versus ‘populist voice’ on criminal justice — Your NZ

Difficult to deal with huge increase in prisoner numbers — Your NZ

Politicians have been pandering to populist pleas for getting tough on criminals for decades, but they now face some hard decisions after the prison population has surged. Our prisons can’t cope with the record number of prisoners, now about 10,500, and there don’t appear to be any easy or quick fixes. Meanwhile the Government keeps […]

via Difficult to deal with huge increase in prisoner numbers — Your NZ