What We Do

A protest sign: "Brick by brick, wall by wall, we will make the prisons fall."

People Against Prisons Aotearoa fights for incarcerated people with both advocacy and direct action. We aim to improve the immediate well-being of incarcerated people while challenging the existence of the criminal justice system itself. Some of our programmes include:

Our advocacy network provides incarcerated people with a voice when the Department of Corrections denies them their fundamental human rights. We make visits to prisoners all over the country and make sure their everyday needs are being met. 

Our pen-pal service, the Prisoner Correspondence Network, fosters friendships, support networks, and knowledge sharing between incarcerated and free members of the community. If you can take the time to write to a prisoner, please email us at pcnaotearoa@gmail.com.

Our support group for previously incarcerated LGBTQ+ peopleOut Support, offers queer ex-incarcerated persons a fortnightly source of support and community, facilitated by an NZAC registered counsellor. For more information, contact outsupport@papa.org.nz.

Our research team ensures that PAPA is always provided with the best information. We keep up to date, rigorous information on the state of prisons in Aotearoa, publish reports and booklets, and investigate alternatives to prisons. 

Our transformative justice team is committed to teaching and expanding our knowledge of community-oriented solutions to harmful behaviour that do not punish or dehumanise people. We hope to help people understand how to deal with harm in their communities, and demonstrate the part that everyone can play in building a world without prisons.

Our membership as a whole holds pickets, rallies, protests and direct actions in solidarity with incarcerated people. We aim to put pressure on the Department of Corrections and build a mass-based movement towards the end of prisons in Aotearoa.