Is public safety being undermined by preventing high risk prisoners from accessing rehabilitation?

Roger Brooking made this Official Information request to Department of Corrections

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From: Roger Brooking

Dear Department of Corrections,

I understand that the High and Complex Needs (HCN) panel is a group of Corrections personnel who assist prison and probation managers deal with offenders identified as having high and complex needs. I gather that this group is supported by the High Risk Response (HRR) team which is based in Corrections head office. Can you please advise the following:

When was the High Risk Response (HRR) team established?

What is the purpose or role of the HRR team?

How does it carry out those functions?

How many people are on this team?

Does the HRR team keep a written record of its meetings? If not, why not?

When was the HCN panel established?

What is the relationship between the HRR team and the HCN panel?

Does the HCN team keep a written record of its meetings? If not, why not?

Are the outcomes of HRR or HCN discussions held about particular offenders (or decisions made by prison or probation staff about steps to be implemented following these discussions) recorded on the offender’s file?

Does the offender’s file record that the offender has been discussed by HRR or at HCN.

How many prisoners have been referred to the HRR team for discussion since its inception?

How many prisoners have been referred to the HCN panel for discussion since its inception?

How many of those prisoners had their security classification raised after discussion by the HRR or HCN.

How many inmates were temporarily or permanently unable to attend a rehabilitation program in prison because their security classification was raised after such discussion?
If a prisoner’s security classification was not raised following such discussion, what other kinds of decisions were made by prison management about the situation posed by a given inmate.

Since the HRR team and the HCN panel were initiated,

a) how many prisoners referred to either of these groups have subsequently been released on parole?

b) how many prisoners referred to either of these groups have been released at (or near) the end of their sentence on release conditions.

c) how many prisoners referred to either of these groups are still in prison?

d) how many prisoners referred to either of these groups have been released at (or near) the end of their sentence without having attended a rehabilitation programme in prison.

Yours faithfully,

Roger Brooking

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Roger Brooking left an annotation ()

This OIA was originally made to the Corrections Department by email on 9 June. Because of potential public interest in the issue, I have now posted it on FYI. Corrections response should therefore be made within 21 working days from 9 June date rather than the date it was posted on FYI (29 June).

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Hello,

 

Please find attached correspondence from the Department of Corrections.

 

Regards,

 

Ministerial Services Team

National Office

Department of Corrections

Mayfair House

44-52 The Terrace

Private Bag 1206

Wellington 6140

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