Corrections' role within the Justice Sector

Corrections exercises considerable influence within the justice sector outcomes framework. Corrections' management of correctional facilities and community-based sentences and orders holds offenders to account and contributes to building public trust in the justice system. Our rehabilitative and reintegrative work with offenders reduces crime and its impact, leading to safer communities and a safe and just society.

As a key player in the justice sector, Corrections works to achieve two specific outcomes for New Zealand society:

  • re-offending is reduced
  • public safety is improved.

The following diagram illustrates the two outcomes; the impacts we want our work to have on society, and the outputs under which our day-to-day activities sit. The outcomes and impacts, and indicators to measure them both, are described in the following sections. Information on each output, including performance measures, is outlined in the Statement of Service Performance.

A table providing a view of Corrections' performance against outcome and impact measures, the standards expected over the period of the Statement of Intent, and the directional movement of each indicator, is attached at Appendix A.

Minister's priorities Department outputs Department impacts Department outcomes Justice sector overall outcome
FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Information and administrative services to the Judiciary and New Zealand Parole Board Offenders have the skills and support to lead law-abiding lives Re-offending is reduced Safe and just society
Take locak approaches to reduce re-offending Contract management of services provided by third parties Offenders' health and well-being is maintained Public safety is improved
Work with service providers to source innovation and improve efficiency Policy advice and Ministerial services (MCOA) The integrity of sentences and orders is maintained and offenders are held to account
Reconfigure Corrections' structures and facilities to improve public value Prison-based custodial services Risk of harm to other are minimised
Lead within the justice sector and among key partner agencies to achieve positive outcomes for offenders Rehabilitation and reintegration The Judiciary and New Zealand Parole Board make informed decisions
Improve the safety of Corrections' staff Sentences and orders served in the community
Service performance measures Impact measures Outcome measures
Cost-effectiveness measures Sector performance indicators