Rethinking Crime & Punishment Youth Advisory Group

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We, at Rethinking Crime and Punishment,would like to invite you toa ‘discussion over kai’ held at 6pm on 22ndJune at our office, Level4, Southmark House, Willis St,Wellington.

Kim Workman will facilitate a discussion about the future involvement of young people in issues of crime and justice, and Sir Taihakurei (Eddie) Durie has agreed to share his thoughts with you.

Background

The Rethinking Crime and Punishment project was originally conceived in 2006 by Prison Fellowship New Zealand and the Salvation Army. The initiative was created in order to engage the public in informed debate about crime and punishment.

The organisation works to discourage policies and strategies focussing on punitive influences, rather than reducing re-offending. Four years have gone by since the organisations inception, and the prison population continues to increase, by 53.5% over the last ten years.

In March 2010, the Robson Hanan Trust was established with a broader mandate; to conduct and commission original research, implement innovative crime prevention projects, and provide the public education in issues of crime and punishment. The Rethinking Crime and Punishment project now comes under the management of the Robson Hanan Trust.

Youth Involvement

The Robson Hanan Trust wishes to devote more time toward the needs of young people. Young people are central to the future of our nation. The aim of the trust in regard to this kaupapa is three fold:

1. To increase youth involvement in issues of crime and justice

2. To develop young people as effective spokespeople, educators and advocates on issues of crime and justice

3. To foster and nurture young leaders in the areas of criminal justice reform

The meeting will run for about an hour and consist mainly ofkai,korero and a presentation. Kim Workman will set out the kaupapa, and Sir Taihakurei (Eddie) Durie, a board member of the trust, will speak in support of the Rethinking Crime and Punishment project. In the meantime, take a look at the Rethinking website at www.rethinking.org.nz.

Kim Workman will send out a brief discussion paper within the next week to stimulate thinking. Please RSVP me by the 14th June at matthewmullany@hotmail.com

Nga mihi,

Matt Mullany

Youth Co-Ordinator
Rethinking Crime and Punishment Project

Level4, Southmark House, Willis St,

Wellington

(04) 803 3932 begin_of_the_skype_highlig (04) 803 3932 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (04) 803 3932 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
matthewmullany@hotmail.com

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