27 Jun 2019

Cautious approval for Māori pathway plan for ex-cons

From Morning Report, 7:53 am on 27 June 2019

People working with Māori prisoners are hopeful a new programme which involves whānau in inmate rehabilitation will help tackle the high rate of Māori reoffending.

The Māori Pathways approach will initially focus on Māori men under 30, serving terms of between two and five years, as they have the highest rates of reoffending.

It aims to provide a wrap-around service including trauma and mental health care, housing support for those leaving prison and greater engagement with whānau and iwi from pre-sentence through to release.

Ann Marie May reports.