8 Oct 2020

Work to stem Māori prison numbers has lost momentum - advocates

From Checkpoint, 6:19 pm on 8 October 2020

Justice advocates fear changes to help reduce Māori incarceration rates have lost momentum.

Currently Māori make up more than half of the prison population - and nearly half of those released from prison are reconvicted within a year.

Labour campaigned on reform, and last year the government launched Hokai Rangi - a long-term strategy rooted in Māori values, which aims to reduce the Māori prison population by 10 percent in five years.

But there's concern big promises of a shake up of the justice system may be stalling.

Political reporter Yvette McCullough has more.