There was widespread applause when a Transparency International report rated New Zealand equal highest in the world for financial integrity, but the report was derived from a series of ‘expert ratings’ and should not used be an excuse for complacency. In our globalised world, there are huge amounts of money from organised crime, drugs, and […]
Earlier this week I posed some questions to Finance Minister Bill English about his support for the government’s plan to spend a billion dollars on a new prison. I was pretty disappointed in his answers, all of which flew in the face of his own comments in the past acknowledging that prisons were a moral and fiscal failure.
The Government has an Action Plan to reduce crime and reoffending, and it’s great they are going to have a go. Instead of just promising to lock more people up for longer, or forever, they say they will work differently, including more closely with communities and iwi. They have targets that may seem unrealistic — […]
Paula Bennett is horrified that people claim to have committed crimes because of poverty and difficulties accessing welfare. She claims welfare is accessible for those in need and is enough to live on. Newsflash Paula: There’s a huge black-market out there of people struggling to survive on low wages and benefits who do all kinds of things to supplement an inadequate income.
Tariana Turia is reported in yesterdays Wanganui Chronicle talking about the difference that Maori management could bring to prisons and the nearly 50% of prisoners who are Maori. I agree that Maori must be more involved. Where that has happened there have been real successes. I agree with her when she says: “Our people continue […]
Chris Finalyson, Attorney General has released the Bill of Rights report on the Three strikes and you’re out (Sentencing and Parole) bill. It won’t surprise you that the Bill fails the vet. The NZ Herald reports that there is an “apparent inconsistency” with the section of the Bill of Rights protecting New Zealanders against cruel, degrading […]
Mr Key confirmed that National will allow competitive tendering for the management of prisons on a case-by-case basis. As Metiria notes: How is the free market the answer to the problems of running a prison system? The key to a successful business is repeat customers. That creates a perverse incentive. Yup, can you see Lock […]
National wants to spend a $300 million dollars building a new prison to lock up more criminals. 10 more criminals to be precise. I could see why it would want to do that because it would be the first to admit that Labour’s three extra prisons so far have bought an end to violent crime. […]
National’s law and order announcements are about as Wild West as they come. As Colin Espiner says: National has this morning bowed to those beating the law and order drum, releasing a parole policy so punitive it makes the United States look like a bastion of liberalism by comparison… The implications of National’s new policy […]
There are gangs other than the type we fuss about here in New Zealand. Such as for instance the Mafia. The Mafia does not stereotypically wear patches so they are harder to use as an easy target for the type of ‘tough on law and order‘ talk Chester Burrows, Michael Laws and Phil Goff enjoy. […]