August 29, 2017
Corrections trying new approach with wahine prisoners
Corrections is trying a new approach to managing women offenders.
In general, women commit less serious crime and pose a lower risk to the community than men. Research shows that women offenders tend to have complex histories of severe trauma, mental health issues, substance abuse, unhealthy relationships and poverty which have contributed to their offending.
Corrections Minister Louise Upston says the strategy is based on Corrections’ research into what works best and international best practice.
It acknowledges women have different needs to men and outlines a new approach that will give women the treatment, support, counselling and skills they need to have a positive impact on themselves, their children, family and whanau.
The strategy includes developing a new programme for the small group of high-risk women in prison; employing social workers and counsellors in the three women’s prisons to help improve the well-being of prisoners and work with those who have suffered trauma; and contracting to provide supported accommodation for women on electronically monitored bail.
Corrections manages around 750 women in prison and 6000 in the community.
More than half the women in prison identify as Maori.
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