This page answers common general questions about the Department and its work.
What does Corrections do?
The Department of Corrections runs New Zealand's prisons alongside managing offenders serving sentences and orders in the community.
Our work improves public safety in two main ways:
By ensuring offenders comply with their sentences Corrections protects the community from those threatening its safety.
Corrections works to rehabilitate offenders, thereby reducing re-offending and leading to fewer victims of crime in the future.
See Corrections' place in the justice sector for an overview of how Corrections fits into the justice sector and the About Us page for an overview of what Corrections does. There is also a wide range of information sheets that go into more detail about areas of Corrections’ work.
Where can I find statistics about Corrections?
A range of facts and statistics relating to the Department are available on this website. Corrections’ annual report and statement of intent also contain many useful official statistics and accounts. Corrections does not collect statistics for parts of the justice sector that it is not responsible for. For example, crime statistics are collected by the Police and the Ministry of Justice. See the Corrections' place in the justice sector page for an overview of how Corrections fits into the justice sector.
How do I contact the Minister of Corrections?
Contact details for the Minister’s office are on the Beehive website. For an overview of the role of the Minister of Corrections click here .
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