Releases

Corrections
Wed 21 Sep 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins today officially opened the upgraded Masterton Community Corrections site in Albert Street, Masterton. The upgrade of the Masterton site is part of a five-year nation-wide renewal programme to make Community Corrections’ more secure for both staff and offenders. The enhancements to the Masterton site include improved security features such as, closed circuit TV monitoring, a main door which locks remotely, glazed interview rooms, duress alarms and swipe card access to staff-only areas.
Corrections
Wed 21 Sep 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins today officially opened the upgraded Masterton Community Corrections site in Albert Street, Masterton. The upgrade of the Masterton site is part of a five-year nation-wide renewal programme to make Community Corrections’ more secure for both staff and offenders. The enhancements to the Masterton site include improved security features such as, closed circuit TV monitoring, a main door which locks remotely, glazed interview rooms, duress alarms and swipe card access to staff-only areas.
Corrections
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has welcomed the passing of an electronic monitoring bill which is designed to further protect and improve the safety of victims and the public. The Electronic Monitoring of Offenders Legislation Bill has had its third and final reading in Parliament. The Bill amends the Corrections Act 2004, the Sentencing Act 2002, and the Parole Act 2002 to: ...
Corrections
Thu 15 Sep 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has congratulated 68 Corrections Officers and Offender Employment Instructors who graduated today. “We have people of all ages, stages of life, nationalities and cultures in this group. Whether you are just starting your working life, or bringing valuable life skills and cultural awareness to your new profession, each of these recruits will play an essential role in changing lives and shaping the futures of prisoners. ...
Corrections
Tue 13 Sep 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins today acknowledged the work of 17 staff who have undertaken an overseas deployment in the last decade to assist and strengthen the corrections services of islands in the Pacific. Over the last ten years Corrections has sent delegations to three Pacific Islands: Vanuatu, Samoa and Pitcairn. At a celebration at Corrections National Office today, Ms Collins recognised the efforts of the first batch of recipients with the presentation of a Pacific Pin, known as the Hoe Akau.
Corrections
Mon 12 Sep 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins says offenders throughout the country can take satisfaction from the part they’ve played in conserving New Zealand’s natural beauty and helping their community. This week is Conservation Week (September 10-18) and is a chance to reflect on the good work created by a partnership between Corrections and the Department of Conservation, signed in November last year.   “The Good to Grow collaboration has been an outstanding success for both departments,” says Ms Collins.
Corrections
Fri 26 Aug 2016
Corrections has introduced changes to better support women prisoners at risk of family violence when they leave prison, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins. Most women prisoners are, or have been, victims of family violence, which may be intergenerational and an entrenched part of their lives. Corrections aims to identify women at risk of family violence early in their prison sentences so safety planning and appropriate support can be organised. ...
Corrections
Thu 25 Aug 2016
The Request for Proposals process is now underway for the provision of improved mental health services to offenders, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins. This follows the allocation of $14 million from the Justice Sector Fund in June 2016 for Corrections to purchase mental health services for offenders in prison and in the community over the next two years. ...
Corrections
Wed 24 Aug 2016
Around 240 people have dined on meals prepared and served by prisoners at Rimutaka Prison as part of the Prison Gate to Plate dining experience, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins. This is the fourth year the prison has taken part in Visa Wellington on a Plate and the tickets to the 2016 event sold out in three minutes. Under the guidance of celebrated chef Martin Bosley, guest chefs Chetan Pangam and Amy Gillies, and catering instructors, the prisoners have been taught to prepare and present gourmet courses to the public.
Corrections
Tue 23 Aug 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has this evening presented the New Zealand Howard League for Penal Reform with Corrections’ 2016 Partnership Award. The Howard League has been supporting prisoners for more than 90 years and this award recognises the ongoing success of the League’s literacy and driver licensing programmes. “Corrections and the Howard League work closely and effectively together,” says Ms Collins. ...
Corrections
Tue 9 Aug 2016
New Zealand was the first country in the world to introduce probation with the passing of the First Offenders’ Probation Act 130 years ago today, on 9 August 1886, Corrections Minister, Judith Collins says. The Act allowed Courts to impose non-custodial sentences for first- time offenders and it established the roles and responsibilities of probation officers, setting out the duties and powers that still apply today. ...
Corrections
Thu 4 Aug 2016
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has congratulated 24 new Corrections Officers and Offender Employment Instructors who graduated today. The new recruits will be based at prisons across the country including Auckland Prison, Mt Eden Corrections Facility, Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility, Spring Hill Corrections Facility, Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison, Whanganui Prison, Arohata Prison, Rimutaka Prison and Christchurch Men’s Prison. ...