Using Evidence to build a better justice system: The challenge of rising prison costs

2018-11-28T03:36:41Z (GMT) by Ian Lambie Sir Peter Gluckman
The primary brief for work on this report was to explore the factors that have led New Zealand to have a high incarceration rate and the associated impacts on the capital cost of prisons. Data for the reports were sourced from the Ministry of Justice and the Integrated Data Initiative. The first drafts were prepared by the Science Advisor to the Justice Sector, Associate Professor Ian Lambie, who has been working in the justice sector for 30 years, assisted by the Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman. Subsequent drafts have incorporated comments and inputs from other departmental science advisors.<br>This is the first of three reports: it discusses the general issues and factors related to exploding prison population and costs. The second report, "Its never too early, never too late: A discussion paper on preventing youth offending in New Zealand" which will be released in June, explores factors that are particularly relevant to youth offenders. The third report, "Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand" will appear in November.