Last year we saw prison closures that could increase community risk – Anne-Elise Smithson

How should we promote a safe neighbourhood?

This is a very broad question! In terms of creating safer neighbourhoods through better penal policy – if your question was meant to be along these lines, that is – last year we saw prison closures that could increase community risk. The Government is compromising the safety of communities by closing provincial prisons. Research shows that inmates who maintain families and other relationships while in prison are more likely to be successfully rehabilitated. We need high standards of safety and rehabilitation! 

– Anne-Elise Smithson, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand