Thursday, December 24, 2020

Admission and redaction

 Yesterday the build up of prisoners on remand made headlines on Stuff:

The chief ombudsman has raised the alarm over the growth of people waiting in prison that have yet to be convicted of a crime, which are set to be more numerous than those who have already been sentenced by 2029.

In his annual report, published this month, chief ombudsman Peter Boshier​ said the remand population, people in custody awaiting their case being heard in court, already made up more than four out of every ten prisoners in New Zealand.

 I 've blogged about this previously.

So I thought I'd have a look for any relevant commentary contained in the Briefing to the Incoming Justice Minister:

An admission that delays are causing "stress and physical and mental harm." But then frustratingly a redaction. Ironic when the prior sentence refers to improving the public's confidence in, amongst other things, a "transparent" court system.

This situation represents yet another failure of government to deliver the services we are taxed for. It's repeated in housing and mental health, which are both associated with criminal offending. Significant problems escalated under the last govt and I can't see the current one doing much but playing catch-up in the forseeable.


Anonymous said...

I see that current technology leads to victims and their whanau experiencing a box full of bad things. May I ask why does the same not apply to families - or is it only a concern to one ethnic group?

Lindsay Mitchell said...

The public service has replaced 'family' with 'whanau'. It's a generic usage.

david said...

Cultural appropriation. I look forward to the woke being enraged

Oi said...

Seems simple to me, but too much to expect..... If the guilty would just cough up and admit their crime, there would only be one or two on remand.