All of us, whether victims of crime, offenders, employees in the criminal justice system, family members or neighbours, are called to find paths to a justice system which reconciles; which rejects attitudes of revenge; which helps victims to heal and offenders to turn their lives around. It is the only true path to the security and safety that our society longs for.
– NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Revenge or Reconciliation, 2009
The Crime & Reconciliation Committee aims to advocate for restorative justice for victims of crime and offenders. It also advocates for a prison system that focuses on prisoners’ habilitation, rehabilitation and integration into society.
The Committee has:
- Made a submission to the Department of Corrections on the proposal (now given government approval) for a men’s prison at Wiri, 2010
- Obtained letter of interest from the University of Auckland for carrying out long-term research on prison intake and rehabilitation success at the proposed Wiri prison
- Encouraged parishes through their Parish Social Justice Animators to take part in the Sisters of Mercy postcard campaign against the Wiri prison
At present the Committee is
- Researching habilitation/rehabilitation and reintegration programmes
- Plans a leaflet for parishes to increase understanding of the needs of released prisoners and how parishioners can help
Convenor: Joe Elliott