Of course we need to keep the public safe from dangerous offenders, but how many of our 9798 prison population really pose a risk to the community?
And how many are in prison because there is nowhere else for them to go? Prisons are for the bad, not the mad. And they also shouldn’t be used as ad hoc detox centres. If drug and alcohol addictions were treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue, surely the appalling rate of recidivism would reduce. NZ Herald
Studies and trials done overseas show clearly that crime rates are inextricably linked to poverty and inequality.