When we still imprison too many people

Tuesday July 02, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
When  we still imprison  too many people

Dear Editor,

It was refreshing to read the editorial on prisoners by Jonathan Milne and Norman George’s weekly column “The Sift”.

 

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.

Nga mihi,

Lady Heeni

Phillips-Williams

Sir Peter Williams QC Penal Reform League

 

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