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New Zealand has one of the highest incarceration rates in the OECD 

  • There are 10,000 people in prison (including people on remand) at any given time.
  • 62 percent of people in prison have been diagnosed with a mental condition or substance abuse order in the previous 12 months.
  • 50 percent of people convicted of offences lived in the 20 percent of the most deprived areas of New Zealand and 30 percent lived in the  10 percent most deprived areas.
  • 77 percent of people in prison have been victims of violence.
  • 53 percent of women and 15 percent of men in prison have experienced sexual violence.
  • 57 percent of adults sentenced to prison are Maori. Maori comprise 15 percent of the population.

(From official Ministry of Justice sources)

“ Prisons are a fiscal and moral failure”  Bill English

“The justice system is a fully funded failure” – Professor Tracey McIntosh  

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