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Monday, January 22, 2007

Parolees less likely to commit offences?

No one wants to see violent people let back into society who will further harm others – but in our sensible sentencing clamor to throw out parole we should see what the other side of the story is first.

Parolees less likely to reoffend, says report
Offenders released on parole are less likely to reoffend and end up back in prison than those who are released without conditions, figures show, despite recent criticism of parole.
Concern about the parole system erupted after a spate of crimes allegedly committed by parolees this year, including the fatal shooting of Wainuiomata man Karl Kuchenbecker after Graeme Burton allegedly breached parole in December. The overall reimprisonment rate a year after release is 27.7 per cent of all inmates and the reconviction rate is 41.1 per cent, says the report. Of those released on parole, 22.6 per cent are reimprisoned within a year and 30.4 per cent are reconvicted. The recidivism rate two years after release from prison increased in both categories, but again those on parole were less likely to reoffend. Two years after release 39.2 per cent of all inmates were reimprisoned and 56.4 per cent reconvicted. Of those released on parole two years on, 32.3 per cent were reimprisoned and 43.8 per cent were reconvicted. Other trends reveal that reconviction rates decrease significantly as offenders age and that those convicted of dishonesty offences have the highest reconviction rates and sex offenders the lowest. Males are more likely to be reconvicted, Pacific people are less likely to reoffend and Maori more likely, the report says.


At 22/1/07 5:44 pm, Blogger peterquixote said...

the people is not worried about parole tim them paranoid about the shooting violets and fuck and rape, that all they hear about now tim, think clean and well my friend,them society dont change, not even napoleon nor jesus cahnge them,you life get good again tim,

At 22/1/07 8:41 pm, Anonymous sdm said...

To be honest, id be really happy with a system in which parole was not granted for violent offenders. I mean, rehabilitation is all well and good, but often they have taken a life, and unfortunately that is seldom remembered in parole hearings

At 23/1/07 4:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you say that for certain sdm? i would have thought it would be one of the issues raised, never having sat on the board myself i wouldnt know but do you have proof that it doesnt, it would be a reasonable premise to believe that it does

At 27/1/07 1:29 pm, Blogger bomber said...

Ok SDM - but how would you keep control of the prisoners once they were inside? If there is no incentive on them to moderate their behaviour, they won't. You can only run a prison with the co-operation of the prisoners, this is a fact that many don't recognise - of course violent offenders who have no visable signs of rehabilitation shouldn't be released automaticly - but the deeper issue is the excessivly violent prison culture environment where these men become even more twisted up - the solution is better planned, better built prisons that have an emphasis not on punishment, but on creating a peaceful prison environment, it is only in that environment that rehabilitation can work. Of course there are those criminals who are pathological, and once identified would need to stay inside until old age makes them physically unable to harm anyone. But the 'hang 'em high brigade wouldn't like that'


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