February 15, 2013
Criminal justice sector challenged
Youth justice reform group Just Speak says gains in the criminal justice sector aren't benefiting Māori.
It says the Salvation Army's latest state of the nation report shows a growing disparity between Māori and non- Māori.
Māori youth aged 14 to 16 are three times more likely to be apprehended for a criminal offence and more likely to be prosecuted by police
It says there’s also disparity in Māori access to early childhood education, rates of unemployment and other measures of social inequity.
Just Speak is calling for an increased use of community based sentences and a shift away from incarceration towards rehabilitation and reintegration.
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