February 18, 2020
Lightfoot picked to lead prison change
There’s a new head for the country’s prisons.
Jeremy Lightfoot has been acting chief executive of Corrections since December, and previously held a range of senior positions in the organisation.
Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter highlighted his role leading of initiatives and projects with Māori, including developing and implementing its new five-year strategy.
Hōkai Rangi was developed directly with Māori and focuses on changes in the way Corrections’ will develop prison services and its workforce and work with iwi and community partners to reduce the overrepresentation of Māori in prison, improve public safety and reduce re-offending rates.
Corrections is New Zealand’s largest public service department, employing nearly 10,000 people and responsible for the management and wellbeing of over 10,000 prisoners and nearly 30,000 community-based offenders.
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