The Maori and European lines intrigue me. Why do they follow each other so closely in terms of trend? You would almost think there was a quote system in place. Obviously practice and policy plays an important role.
From Corrections here is the latest. At March 2016 there were 9,273 people in prison.
Just as an aside I was reading a paper on Maori over-representation in the justice system.
I searched the paper for the word 'father'. Not one mention.
This despite a number of relevant facts like Maori men under twenty are 6 times more likely to be fathers than NZ European. And children who grow up without fathers in their lives are much more likely to offend.
'Mothers' are mentioned 14 times. For example:
Māori children are more exposed to the risk of fatal child maltreatment associated with having a step-parent, as Māori children are twice as likely as New Zealand European to be raised in a family situation where unrelated persons - such as a new partner to the mother - are resident.Isn't this what we always come back to? The disruption - even abandonment - of the nuclear family has so much to answer for.
I'll end with another quote:
"There is nothing fixed or immutable about these high rates of imprisonment. The over-representation of Māori in prison is a relatively recent phenomenon, dating from the period of increased urbanisation. Changing values, family breakdown, lack of education and social competencies and social and economic inequality all feature as explanations of the current situation."