Reducing prison population,
reducing recidivism rates and
helping reintegration into communities

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Many countries have reduced or capped prisoner numbers without compromising community safety. We need to learn from these experiences.

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On the straight and narrow with legal driving. Tiaina to waka (steer your canoe).

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The New Zealand Howard League

Our programmes and objectives are aimed at reducing the prison population, reducingrecidivism rates and helping reintegration into communities by:

Researching and advocating programmes in the penal system which follow international best practice and reduce the prison population and recidivism. Many countries have reduced or capped prisoner numbers without compromising community safety. We need to learn from these experiences.

Organising and executing basic literacy programmes in jails by approaching retired primary teachers. Many of our inmates are functionally illiterate, a situation which makes getting a job on release all the more difficult.

Supporting and promoting the development and successful operation of drug and alcohol courts. These Courts which offer suspended sentences in return for closely monitored abstinence from drugs and alcohol and rehabilitation are a huge success in other countries, notably the USA. Up to seventy percent of offenders can be kept out of jail and go back to normal crime-free lives. If you want to read about the success of drug courts in America, Click here.

Promoting and organising employment opportunities for released prisoners by approaching potential employers for job opportunities. Countries, like Germany, where the employment of released prisoners by major companies is regarded as a civic duty show much lower rates of reoffending and recidivism.

Mounting programmes aimed at getting driving offenders their licenses and therefore diverting them from a prison sentence.

Corrections Partner of the Year Award - The New Zealand Howard League 2016

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Help the NZ Howard League reach it's goals in reducing prisoners reoffending, reducing the prison populagtion and helping with positive reintergration into communities, without endagering the saftey of those communities.

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