Invisible Sentences

Rachel spent a week interning with JustSpeak in early October learning about criminal justice issues in New Zealand, and reflecting on the how systems in New Zealand the United States perpetuate racialised inequity and the erosion of strong and healthy communities. Continue reading

#ajustvote Election Scorecards

Following our election forums, here at JustSpeak we have put each party’s criminal justice policies to the test using our 2017 Election Priorities. Check out the results below. Continue reading

How my high school Principal's racism gave me a second chance

“You’re just a f*cking racist bitch! This is what I yelled at my school principal in week three of my starting high school. I got in trouble, pretty serious trouble. I assaulted someone, in my school uniform, in a public place. Continue reading

The Results Are In! Election Forum Scorecard details

The results are in! The audiences from our recent Election Forums have given their assessments on the criminal justice priorities of each political party. Continue reading

Whiti Te Rā - a call to action

JustSpeak and Mahi Tahi Akoranga Trust came together to organise a Kaupapa Māori hui on transformative change in criminal justice which took place in mid-July this year. I was fortunate enough to attend this, and along with fellow JustSpeak volunteers we excitedly travelled up to Rotorua for the two-day event. Continue reading

Through Dutch eyes: Mini blog series reflecting on differences between the NZ and Dutch criminal justice systems

Part two - Adolescent criminal law   One of the things that surprised me the most when I started at JustSpeak was hearing about their successful campaign to remove most 17 year olds from the adult justice system. It was such a surprise that this even needed to be campaigned for when in The Netherlands we have an adolescent criminal law that can apply up to the age of 23. Internationally, New Zealand is one of the last jurisdictions in the OECD to implement the change to include 17 years olds in youth court. Continue reading

Through Dutch eyes: Mini blog series reflecting on differences between the NZ and Dutch criminal justice systems

Part One - Speed trials   As a Dutch person arriving to New Zealand what really struck me is that the prison rates are so high in a country with such a small population. The contrast between New Zealand and The Netherlands could hardly be more striking.   Continue reading

Voting is a right, not a privilege

Summary Last week, the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision that the ban on prisoner voting does not align with the principles of the Bill of Rights. Another decision is pending – the decision of whether or not the law behind the ban was passed lawfully. Continue reading

Budget 2017 - what's in it for justice?

Commentators have said that there wasn’t much in the budget on housing. I disagree. It was hidden, but there was an announcement of housing 1800 more people, and we’re not talking insecure housing here. This housing is certainly secure...   Continue reading

A determination to forge peace

Dr Kim Workman's speech at Massey Honorary Doctorate Graduation "Chancellor of the University, Vice-Chancellor, staff, graduates, whanau, ladies and gentlemen... Continue reading