Abolitionist Demands: Toward the End of Prisons in Aotearoa
In Abolitionist Demands, we outline a number of material demands that take the path to prison abolition. The demands have been broken down into short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term, as well as into categories concerning policing, courts, and prisons. We recognise that some demands can be enacted through policy reform, while others will require a revolution in economic and social conditions. Readers are encouraged to take the demands and make them happen.
Torture in New Zealand Prisons: A Briefing
This booklet draws together the findings of reports made by the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigations of four New Zealand prisons. Using these reports, our researchers provide an account, in plain language, of the ongoing abuse and mistreatment of prisoners. Contextualising this information within historical trends, they also tell the stories of prisoners who have contacted us, reminding us how this treatment is a lived reality for far too many people. Together, these accounts demonstrate the disturbing but undeniable existence of widespread torture in New Zealand prisons.
Transformative Justice Workshop: Practical Ways of Solving Interpersonal Harm and Conflict in Our Communities
This booklet, made to accompany our workshops, outlines the guiding principles behind transformative justice and presents a brief but malleable plan for dealing with interpersonal harm in a way that does not involve incarcerating, punishing or isolating people. In a friendly, accessible tone, it includes answers to common questions about when and where transformative justice can be used, as well as links to community resources and toolkits. As it is made to supplement face-to-face discussion, we encourage readers to use the booklet as a starting point, discuss it with loved ones, and think about how you can apply them to your own community.
Solitary Confinement in New Zealand Prisons
Solitary confinement is the harshest form of punishment available in the New Zealand prison system. This report by People Against Prisons Aotearoa researcher Ti Lamusse outlines why its use in New Zealand prisons needs to end.
Letters from Lockdown
Letters from prisoners about their experiences in solitary confinement, compiled and illustrated.
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Parliamentary Select Committee Submissions
We also regularly make submissions to select committees relating to the criminal justice system in Aotearoa. These reports provide detailed analysis of proposed law changes and make recommendations to improve, alter or reject the bills before select committee.
The following public submissions have been made by People Against Prisons Aotearoa and No Pride in Prisons (our previous name).
- December 2020: Briefing to the Incoming Ministers of Police, Justice, and Corrections
- September 2018: Submission to the Justice Committee on the Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill
- May 2018: Submission to the Justice Committee on the Corrections Amendment Bill 2018
- April 2018: Submission to the Health Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill
- June 2017: Submission to the Select Committee on the Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill
- March 2017: Submission to the Select Committee on the Children, Young Persons, and their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill
- October 2016: Submission to the Social Services Committee on the Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders who Repeatedly Fail to Comply with Community Sentences) Amendment Bill