Last December, myself as co-president and another member from the Sir Peter Williams QC Penal Reform League visited for the first time your beautiful islands, spending a few days at Rarotonga.
One of the highlights for me as a long-time prison reformer and lawyer was to visit Rarotonga Prison. We were grateful to the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry for arranging such a visit.
I had the opportunity to meet George Maggie, your Corrective Services minister and also Norman George, lawyer.
I am delighted to see in your Cook Islands News the enthusiasm for raising prison reform issues.
Here in Aotearoa, New Zealand we have a long way to go yet as per head of population we still imprison too many people – over 55 per cent being Maori.
Sir Peter Williams QC Penal Reform League