INDEPENDENT NEWS

Offenders straighten up with new driving programme

Published: Thu 30 Nov 2017 08:45 AM
Whangarei offenders on the straight and narrow with new driving programme
Over 115 offenders and ex-prisoners have been given a second chance with a new driving programme in Whangarei aimed at helping young people off the pathway to prison and a life of crime.
NZ Howard League for Penal Reform CEO Mike Williams says the programme, which costs about the same as keeping one person in prison for a year, definitely works and leads to jobs for the participants.
“65% of Maori offenders have a driving offence as part of their initial jail sentence and about 5% of jail sentences are just for driving without a licence. Over 80% of all jobs these days require a drivers’ licence.
“So there are no down-sides to this programme. We create safer, legal drivers, we help keep them out of jail and we make them employable; getting them off benefits.”
Corrections Minister Hon Kelvin Davis and Regional Economic Development Minister Hon Shane Jones are both expected to speak at the official launch of the unlicenced offenders’ driving programme; 12pm, Friday 1 December at the Whangarei Community Probation Office, Walton Street.
Mike Williams says the Whangarei programme was established with an incredibly generous donation from the Lighthouse Foundation and he thanked Goldman NZ CEO Andrew Barclay for facilitating the donation.
“However, we believe that in terms of bang for buck a New Zealand wide programme should be a high priority for government spending.”
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles
By: Gordon Campbell
Green Party Statement On The Death Of George Floyd
By: Green Party
Freshwater package backed by comprehensive economic analysis
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller announces shape of next Government
By: New Zealand National Party
On National’s Day Of Reckoning
By: Gordon Campbell
Jobs budget to get economy moving again
By: New Zealand Government
Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020
By: New Zealand Government
Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Unveils Its Candidate List For The 2020 Election
By: Green Party
NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing
By: Ministry of Health
Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
By: New Zealand Government
SPEECH: Todd Muller - Families, Communities, Small Business
By: New Zealand National Party
National Backs Businesses With $10k JobStart
By: New Zealand National Party
Todd Muller Elected Leader Of The New Zealand National Party
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media