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Evidence has long shown that charging, convicting and sentencing people for minor drug offences doesn’t work. The launch of Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata | Safe and Effective Justice by Minister Andrew Little is a welcome opportunity, which we hope will begin to transform our “broken” criminal justice system.
The Drug Foundation welcomes the announcement of Te Uepū, a high-powered advisory group of experts and advocates, who have promised to listen to all voices. The first step will be a Criminal Justice Summit, to be held in Wellington and Porirua on 20th – 22nd August 2018.
Details are scant at this stage, but we do know that Te Uepū have a very broad remit. The official purpose is succinctly described as:
Members of the Advisory Group, chaired by Kerry James “Chester” Borrows, a former Minister of Courts and associate Justice Minister, bring extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system and should be able to identify opportunities for transformative change. Te Uepū members are:
With the first act of this process the Summit next month, the Drug Foundation is gearing up to support the engagement process and contribute workable policy ideas.