Source: (2002) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. June 2002. Special Issue. Downloaded 10 June 2004.

Matt Robson, New Zealand’s Minister for Courts, discusses new sentencing and parole legislation that incorporates restorative justice into the justice system, providing a common thread between judges, prison staff and a nationalised Parole Board. The law allows judges to look at alternatives to prison and abolishes the problematic practice of suspended sentencing, while focusing on community safety in the new Parole Board. Robson argues that victims will benefit from the new law, draws attention to the majority of prisoners who are minor offenders, and asks for citizens’ support for a co-ordinated approach to criminal offences.


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