Improving public safety


implement practice and policy that focuses on community safety by:

  • Introducing GPS tracking technology to better monitor our most high risk offenders who are serving community sentences or on parole.
  • Working alongside the Ministry of Justice to develop legislation that will:
    • keep offenders who are at very high risk of imminent serious sexual or violent re-offending detained on Public Protection Orders.
    • reduce unnecessary parole hearings and alleviate stress on victims of crime.
  • Strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of offender management by advancing the Corrections Amendment Bill and the Administration of Community Sentences and Orders Bill.
  • Delivering a multi-disciplinary case management system that will support decision making and review the strategies put in place to manage our high risk offenders in the community.
  • Embedding our Practice Leadership model in community probation to ensure frontline staff operate to the highest professional standards and are supported by best practice.
  • Ensuring planning between prisons and probation staff starts early to achieve better transitions for offenders from custody to the community.


operate our prisons to a recognised world leading standard by:

  • Implementing the Right Track approach across all New Zealand prisons to bring an active management approach into our daily interaction with prisoners.
  • Opening New Zealand’s first “high dependency” unit at Rimutaka Prison (supported by the Hutt Valley District Health Board) to better manage and monitor prisoners who have age-related health needs like dementia or Parkinson’s.
  • Tailoring our prisoner security classification system to ensure it contains the right incentives to motivate prisoner participation in activities that address their criminal offending.
  • Establishing a High and Complex Needs Panel to review the strategies put in place to manage our most behaviourally challenging prisoners.
  • Delivering a “Gang Exit” pathway for prisoners who are contemplating leaving their gang associations and leading a crime free life.
  • Investing in the progressive upgrade of our prison facilities to achieve a common set of security standards.
  • Leading the development of New Zealand’s first Public Private Partnership prison in Wiri to achieve a new global standard in contracting for outcomes to reduce re-offending.