Nature and Scope of Functions
The Department of Corrections administers the New Zealand corrections system to improve public safety.
The Department of Corrections:
- manages offenders on community-based sentences and orders
- manages prisoners on remand and prisoners serving custodial sentences
- provides rehabilitation programmes to help offenders address and resolve the causes of their offending
- provides reintegrative programmes and services to help offenders reintegrate back into society
- manages a number of internal services, employment and training activities, including the Release to Work programme that assists offenders to gain skilled work on release
- provides courts with detailed reports and information on offenders to assist judges in making sentencing decisions
- provides administrative services to the New Zealand Parole Board, as well as information to help them decide whether prisoners should be released, when and under what conditions
- takes enforcement action when offenders serving a sentence or order in the community do not comply with the conditions of that sentence or order
- notifies victims of crime, who are referred by the New Zealand Police, of specific events listed in the Victims Rights Act 2002.
Sections 5 and 6 of the Corrections Act 2004 set out in more detail the purpose of the corrections system and principles under which the Department must operate.