Number of prisoners in custody over time

Lance O'Riley made this Official Information request to Department of Corrections

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From: Lance O'Riley

Dear Department of Corrections,

I would like to request the following information.

The number of prisoners in custody listed by their most serious/lead offence as at 31st of December for each calendar year from 2000. Please break this down by race/ethnicity and gender.

Please also attach the relevant ANZSOC code and offence category (Category 1 - 4) to each offence. If data going back to the 2000 calendar year is unavailable then please supply data as far back as records allow.

Yours faithfully,

Lance O'Riley

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Hello Lance,

 

Thank you for your email of 12 July 2019 requesting information relating
to the number of prisoners in custody listed by their most serious/lead
offence as at 31st of December for each calendar year from 2000.

 

Please be advised your request has been received, and will be considered
under the Official Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards,

Ministerial Services

Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa

a: National Office, Mayfair House, 44 - 52 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011

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Mark Hanna left an annotation ()

Kia ora Lance,

This information you've asked for sounds like it could be interesting. I'd appreciate it if you could ask Corrections to be sure they release any tabular information as a spreadsheet? Otherwise I'm afraid it would quite likely be released as one or more tables embedded in a PDF, which is more difficult to work with and would quite likely require being transcribed into a spreadsheet by hand.

In my experience I've found that the Department of Corrections typically uses image-based PDFs, preventing text from being searched, selected, or copied in their responses.

As you may know, section 16(2) of the Official Information Act requires an agency to release information to you in the way you prefer, unless they have a good reason not to. I've been advised by the Office of the Ombudsman that specifying a preferred format, as allowed by this section, is currently the best way for a requestor to ensure information is released in an accessible format.

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