The justice sector is made up of:
We work together to make New Zealand safer and to deliver accessible justice services and better outcomes for all New Zealanders.
Some of the major programmes the justice sector agencies are working together on include:
We can think about the criminal justice system (Police, Justice/Courts and Corrections) as a "pipeline". The pipeline starts with Police preventing and dealing with crime, moves through to the Courts where offenders are prosecuted and sentenced, and ends with Corrections who manage prison and community sentences, and provide rehabilitation programmes. It means policies and approaches in one part of the system can impact on others. Joining up our approach allows us to identify these effects, and implement changes that have the best outcomes for everyone.
To help us to work better together we have formed the Justice Sector Leadership Board. It includes:
The Leadership Board is responsible for ensuring we achieve our collective goals, including our Better Public Services targets. They coordinate major change programmes and oversee planning to improve services, reduce harm and the number of people in the criminal justice system, maintain institutions and manage investment. The Leadership Board is supported by Sector Group within the Ministry of Justice.
The Justice Sector Fund (JSF) was created in April 2012. It is a way for the justice sector to share savings and gives us financial flexibility to invest in areas that deliver better results to New Zealanders. Through the JSF we can use the money saved by an agency to fund another agency’s initiatives to reduce crime and reoffending.
Normally savings cannot be kept or used for another purpose (the Public Finance Act 1989 prevents this), however the JSF allows all unspent justice sector money to be kept and used for future initiatives.
By January 2016, the JSF has been used to fund 44 initiatives, including 21 to help reduce crime and reoffending. In total, $219 million of savings from the justice sector have been reallocated through the JSF. Examples include the review of family violence law, expanding the use of restorative justice, reintegration programmes for people released from prison, and installing audio-visual links between courts and prisons to improve public and prisoner safety.
Applications for funding from the JSF need to show that the initiative will:
One of the main goals of the JSF is to allow new initiatives to be trialled. Once they have shown they are effective they are able to seek long term funding through the annual Budget process.
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