Saturday, December 31, 2011

NZ Government generous: building more jails


"Compared with other Western democracies, New Zealand seems to be keen on sending its citizens to prison," Roger Brooking comments at Pundit.

"Our prison population has been rising for the last 50 years, and in October 2010 reached a total of 8,892 inmates. New Zealand now locks up 199 people per 100,000 of its population.

"According to the International Centre for Prison Studies at Kings College in London, this gives us the second-highest rate of imprisonment out of 29 countries in the Western world. This is higher than Britain and Canada, even though those countries both have greater rates of violent crime than New Zealand. And it puts us in the company of Third World countries like Gabon, Namibia and Libya (currently in a state of civil war), which have very similar rates of imprisonment to ours. It even puts us higher than Colombia, despite the drug-related murder and violence going on there."

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of November 8, 2011.


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