It?s not a good time to be a criminal

Judith Collins is increasing the number of prison beds while blaming hard-core recidivists for her missing a KPI.

I can only see pain in their future.

The Government appears certain to miss its target of cutting reoffending in New Zealand by next year.

The target of a 25 per cent reduction in recidivism by mid-2017 was set in 2012 and is one of the Government’s top priorities for the public sector.

The Corrections Department’s annual report, released on Friday, showed that reoffending had been cut by just 5.6 per cent from a 2011 baseline.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said that while any reduction in reoffending was “good news”, it was disappointing that progress towards the key target had slowed.

She said the trend had been caused by a smaller, hard-core group of criminals. ?

“It is … important to note that the number of offenders who reoffend has been declining over the past five years, with almost 25 per cent fewer reoffenders in the system than in 2011.

“But while overall numbers of offenders entering the Corrections system has been reducing, those that are under sentence are more recidivist and higher-risk.”

When targets are reset by the State Services Commission next year, the reoffending target may be changed to focus on reductions in reoffending by prisoner, rather than by offence.

The Corrections Department conceded the target was unlikely to be reached. It blamed the rise in reoffending on factors which were outside of its control.

“The factors identified are the rates of prosecution and conviction, the types of sentences imposed and court disposal times.”

Judith Collins knows what voters want. They want scumbags off the streets and even if we have to pay for it it is better they are behind bars rather than committing crimes on the streets.

If some want advocates for the?criminals then they have the NZ Herald and Labour party to assist.


– NZ Herald