Laura O’Connell Rapira: What the ActionStation community says needs to happen to fix our justice system

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Last week, we asked ActionStation members to tell us what they think needs to be done to fix New Zealand’s justice system.

More than 1000 people responded.

Here are the results:

  • Almost all of us agree with the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor that one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of people in prison is to prevent young people getting into crime through early intervention;
  • Almost all of us agree, it is extremely important that government policies are based on evidence;
  • We tend to think Māori are locked up in our prisons more often than non-Māori because of colonisation, intergenerational trauma and structural racism than we do individual choice;
  • 69% of us think people in prisons should be allowed to vote, 24% don’t and 7% don’t know;
  • 64% of us know someone who has been to prison.

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