New Conservative recognises the most desired outcome of a criminal’s completed sentence is that they are ready to re-enter the community with a new view on life and society that keeps them from reoffending. New Zealand’s 2009 reoffending rate within 2 years of release was 70%. In spite of government goals, it has not changed much since then.
We believe that, along with our three stage sentencing plan for rehabilitation, more effort needs to be put into ensuring that when prisoner’s re-enter communities they are closely monitored to ensure they are ready, and supported at every step of the process. There are a number of community groups which help prisoners reintegrate with society. We will provide these groups with better recognition and support to make a real difference.
New Conservative will ensure that part of a prisoner's sentence will include completing a specified number of educational papers. These will be set in consultation with the prisoner and should relate directly to the likely employment the prisoner will find once their sentence is completed. Prisoners with longer sentences will be given the opportunity to complete trade training as a good behaviour incentive, which would enable greater employment opportunities at the completion of their sentence.
New Conservative believes that prisoners should be working in meaningful and profitable work while in prison, with a portion of the funds raised through working used to recompense victims of their crime. Other funds will go towards the cost of their incarceration and rehabilitation.