May 25, 2021
Maori at both ends of violence statistics
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says while rising gang violence is putting some people on track to prison, it’s not making wider society unsafe.
Mr Davis has been working to reduce the number in inmates, drawing criticism from opposition parties keen to build more jails.
He says most people inside are there for drugs of crimes of violence, including family and sexual violence, and too many of them are Māori.
That’s why Māori solutions are needed.
"A lot of Pākehā people are really concerned about the levels of violence but they're not the ones being offended against. It's normally offending against our own so that's a real concern and there have been studies recently – a really small proportion of the population are the people who get offended against and they get offended against regularly. And it is our own being offended against by our own," he told Radio Waatea.
Mr Davis says his job as Minister of Corrections is to get them the help they need to change when they are inside so they never come back.
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