Source: (2006) In, Report on the 2006 COnference -- 'Beyond Retribution.' Aukland, NZ: Prison Fellowship New Zealand. pp. 44-50.

However, it is important to recognise that the majority of offenders in prison are there for serious offences. Any paper looking at how to reduce the prison population will need to address prevention as well as alternatives to custody in prison and measures that reduce the likelihood of prisoners re-offending and returning to prison after release. I will suggest some ways to reduce the prison population. Most of them already exist, but are not applied nationally. (Ideas from overseas are not explored in detail and in any case would need to be adapted to New Zealand conditions.) (excerpt)

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