prison population

One man’s protest is another man’s celebration

10,000 scumbags in prison. ?And with the crime stats as they are, that’s still not enough.

Prison abolitionist group No Pride in Prisons held a march to the Mount Eden Corrections Facility today to protest the prison population reaching 10,000 people.

Hundreds of protesters made themselves heard throughout the Auckland CBD as they marched from Aotea Square to Mt Eden Prison, demanding an end to mass incarceration. The march ended with speakers, including Marama Davidson MP and speeches written by people currently in prison. They were followed by live music played for both marchers and prisoners.

Spokeswoman for the group Emilie R?kete says, “Prisons don?t do what they say they do. Corrections says that prisons rehabilitate people, but the reality is that prisons are violent.”

“The government is wasting money locking 10,000 people away while inequality worsens.”

The public don’t care. ? If you are stupid enough to get put into prison more than once in your life, then as far as I’m concerned, you’re in the right place. ?The rest of us really don’t care about how equal you feel. ? Read more »

Prison population is at a record high, Judith Collins explains why

We don’t send people to prison lightly in New Zealand. The vast majority of offenders who come before the courts receive sentences in the community (such as community work, supervision or home detention). Also, people tend to be sentenced to prison only once all alternative sentence options have been tried and have failed.

Violent offending is the most common offence that results in a prison sentence. These offenders are sent to prison to keep our communities safe.

The prison population has increased steadily since the early 1980s. There was a 70 per cent increase between 1995 and 2007 with periods of slight decreases or stabilisation since then.

However since 2014, the prison population has increased again, leading to record highs throughout 2015 and early 2016. In August last year, the prison population hit 9,000 for the first time. Since then it has continued to rise, peaking at 9,360 in February this year.

The increase since 2014 has mostly been driven by the increase in the remand population.

Between February 2014 and 2016, the remand population increased by approximately 40% and remand prisoners accounted for around 90 per cent of the population increase in the last year.

People on remand are the really bad buggers: those who are a flight risk or are deemed to present continued danger to the public.? Read more »