Bail changes to blame for new billion dollar prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. What happened? A JustSpeak report out today investigates.
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Media Release: Justspeak calls on the Government to adopt Waitangi Tribunal recommendations and address structural racism in the justice system

Media Release: Justspeak calls on the Government to adopt Waitangi Tribunal recommendations and address structural racism in the justice systemDate: 11 April 2017 JustSpeak supports the Waitangi Tribunal report released today recommending the Government to take steps to address the systemic racism in our justice system.  Focused on reoffending, the report finds a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and sets out recommendations to effect meaningful change on this issue.
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Media Release: 10,000 people in prison today should be a wake up call

Media Release: 10,000 people in prison today should be a wake up call Date: 30 November 2016 For the very first time we have over 10,000 people locked in prison in our country, 5 months before the Government's own predictions.This means that since June this year another 527 people are in prison, over a thousand more children have a parent in prison and we will spend an additional $57 million just to house these extra people over the course of a year. There are now over 23,000 children in New Zealand with a parent in prison.
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Media Release: The moral and fiscal failure of prison expansion in the spotlight in Wellington next week

Media Release: The moral and fiscal failure of prison expansion in the spotlight in Wellington next week Date: 22 November 2016 Chlöe Swarbrick, Dr Paul Wood, Morgan Godfrey, Marianne Elliott and comedians Raybon Kan and Ray O'Leary join JustSpeak for an evening of lively discussion, entertainment and debate on prison expansion in NZ from 6pm on 30 November at Wellington Girls' College Hall.
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Media release: Petition shows public support to take young people out of adult justice system

Media release: Petition shows public support to take young people out of adult justice system Date: 1 November 2016 A petition to raise the age of youth justice to 21 has collected over 3000 signatures within a week. The petition was initiated by JustSpeak, one of the 35 organisations calling on the Government to raise the age of youth justice, and was launched through ActionStation.
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Media Release: Minister Collins committed to building more crime

Media Release: Minister Collins committed to building more crime Date: 18 October 2016 In the words of our Minister of Finance, Bill English, prison is a moral and fiscal failure. Five years later and the prison population has doubled with another billion dollars announced to increase it further. Judith Collins has announced today a billion dollars for another 1800 prison beds. “Expanding the crisis of mass imprisonment has been announced as something that should be celebrated. Relative to countries we like to compare ourselves to, our rate of imprisonment is second only to the United States. Is this really something that we want the world record for?” asks Julia Whaipooti, Chair of JustSpeak.
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Media Release: Include all children in our youth justice system: An open letter to PM John Key and Cabinet Ministers

Media Release: Include all children in our youth justice system: An open letter to PM John Key and Cabinet Ministers Date: 12 September 2016 We write to you as people who have frontline and research experience of vulnerability in our care and protection and justice systems. Each of us in our 33 organisations witness this vulnerability as we play our different roles in supporting children, families and whānau.
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Media Release: Loud and clear from the social sector - Raise the age of youth justice

Media Release: Loud and clear from the social sector - Raise the age of youth justice Date: 7 June 2016 Today 26 organisations and 5 independent experts from across the youth, justice and disability sectors have joined together to call on the Government to raise the age of youth justice in Aotearoa. The message from the sector is clear. When we treat children and young people as adults in our justice system we create more social harm. We throw away the potential of these young people and create more offending in our communities. Over 90% of under 20s who spend time in prison are re-convicted within 2 years. “It's not working” says Katie Bruce, Director of JustSpeak, a network of young people speaking out for evidence-based reform.
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