October 20, 2023
High prison remand numbers probed
The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation has given Victoria University Te Herenga Waka‘s Centre for Justice Innovation a $714,504 grant towards its Custodial Remand before Trial or Sentence project.
In New Zealand 43 percent of prison inmates are on remand awaiting the completion of their trial, and the percentage is expected to increase over the next decade.
The project will examine bail laws and decision-making, reasons for delays, and the impacts of bail and custodial remand across the prison population and within families and communities.
Centre Maori co-director Everard Halbert says the disproportionate number of Māori going through the justice system will be reflected in the number of Māori in remand.
This impacts on the individual, their whānau, hapū, and iwi.
Work is needed to assess the current law around remand, look at how it works in practice, and make recommendations.