The results are in! The audiences from our recent Election Forums have given their assessments on the criminal justice priorities of each political party.
JustSpeak outlined our priorities for election 2017, and the audiences overwhelmingly agreed with us that these are the key criminal justice issues this election:
Reduce the record prison population
Reduce targeted criminalisation of Māori
Empower communities to reduce social harm and criminalisation
Invest in community and justice initiatives with promising results.
Our election priorities can be read in full here.
But did they think that the politicians shared these goals? We asked audience members to score each politician out of 10 on each of these key issues. We’ve calculated each political party’s average...
So who came out on top?
Across all politicians there was an average score of just over 6 in each area except reducing the targeted criminalisation of Māori, which disappointingly scored an average of just under 6 out of 10. This is a reminder of how far we still have to go in this conversation, and highlights how important your vote is in ensuring we have a fair and just criminal justice system.