Tauranga Public Lecture Series: Reducing our prison population - past failures and new approaches

Date Monday 3 December 2018
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Presenter Dr Juan Tauri
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

This is a free event but registrations are essential. Please register here.

The current government has an ambitious goal to reduce New Zealand's prison muster by 30% over the next 15 years, with a specific focus on reducing the over-representation of Māori in the system.

In this lecture, Dr Juan Tauri will present an overview of past attempts to review the performance of the New Zealand criminal justice system, and offer a critical analysis of the value and impact of specific policies and interventions that have been introduced in the past 20 years aimed at reducing offending and imprisonment. Dr Tauri will also put forward an argument for the enhanced involvement of community-based providers and justice advocates in the reconfiguration of the criminal justice system.

Dr Tauri is a member of the Ngāti Porou iwi and a lecturer in criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Waikato. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he is a critical commentator of Indigenous peoples' issues with settler colonial criminal justice systems. Dr Tauri has undertaken research projects in New Zealand, Canada and Australia on a diverse range of topics, including youth gangs, domestic violence, Indigenous experiences of prison and the globalisation of restorative justice. He has published widely and is currently undertaking research on the intersection of race, ethnicity and the development of restorative justice programmes, and on Indigenous youth experiences of criminal justice in New Zealand, Australia and the US, as part of a joint University of Waikato and University of Auckland project funded by the Marsden Foundation.

This is a free event but registrations are essential. Please register here.