Source: (2006) In, Report on the 2006 COnference -- 'Beyond Retribution.' Aukland, NZ: Prison Fellowship New Zealand. pp.5-13.

Regardless of political or ideological persuasion, those who came seemed to be of one mind – that criminal justice and penal reform was necessary. !ere was a healthy scepticism about the value of imprisonment, and an acceptance that the nation needed alternatives. Parliamentarians, the judiciary, gang members, criminal justice professionals and providers, justice advocates and prison volunteers – together they made a powerful confection indeed. We were able to secure from the conference an agreed mandate for change, and general agreement about what those changes might be. !is paper identifies the main themes that emerged, and charts a course for those prepared to set out on the journey. (excerpt)

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