Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill Submission Introduction 1. We thank the Committee for the opportunity to submit on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill (75­1) 2015 (the Bill).  2. JustSpeak is a non­partisan network of people speaking up for a new generation of thinking in our criminal justice system. JustSpeak opposes the Bill. JustSpeak believes that the Bill will not fulfil its purpose of protecting young people from sex offenders; is unnecessarily intrusive of human rights; and will affect many more people than intended.    Continue reading

Substance Addition (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill Submission Introduction1. JustSpeak welcomes the opportunity to submit on the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill (the Bill).  2. JustSpeak is a non-partisan network of people across Aotearoa interested in contributing to the debate on criminal justice in New Zealand. As an organisation comprised primarily of young people, JustSpeak represents a new generation of thinkers working for change in the criminal justice system. We advocate for an informed criminal justice discussion based on evidence, experience and compassion. 3. JustSpeak is submitting on the Bill because of the substantial overlap between drug policy and criminal justice policy. JustSpeak supports the Bill because it takes a health-based approach to addiction. This as a more effective, and more appropriate, lens through which to view addiction issues, as opposed to viewing addiction as a criminal problem requiring a punishment-based solution   Continue reading

Statutes Amendment Bill Submission Introduction JustSpeak has reviewed the changes proposed by the Statutes Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill). Many of the amendments correct drafting errors, omissions, or incorrect references. Other changes are not contentious. However, there are two changes that we would like to comment on. Continue reading