A Keeping Faith in Politics Event
Rates of incarceration in Aotearoa New Zealand have risen steadily over the past decade while crime rates have gradually fallen. More and more people are winding up in our prisons even as fewer and fewer crimes are being committed on our streets. And nearly 51% of those incarcerated are Māori, even though they are only roughly 15% of the population. In addition to the social cost of absent parents, children, neighbours, and friends, mass incarceration costs us billions of dollars that otherwise could be spent on things like education, healthcare, conservation, and economic development. As now Prime Minister, Bill English, once said, our prisons are a “moral and fiscal failure.” Join Chris Marshall, and panel of analysts and experts, as they get to the bottom of mass incarceration. Listen, as they hold out a vision of justice based on liberation and restoration, rather than retribution. Speak with them as they lift up the role that faith communities can play in reintegration of prisoners after their incarceration.
Chris Marshall holds the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University Wellington. He writes widely on topics related to restorative justice, including human rights, religious violence, and theological ethics. His publications include Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue and Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment. In addition to his academic work, Chris is an accredited and experienced restorative justice facilitator and was principal author of the “Statement on Restorative Justice Values and Processes,” adopted by the Ministry of Justice in 2004 as part of its Best Practice standards.
Tom Noakes-Duncan is Lecturer in Restorative Justice at Victoria University Wellington. His doctoral research, completed at University of Otago, highlights the vital role that communities have in promoting and grounding the restorative justice vision. His thesis will soon be published by T&T Clark as Communities of Restoration: Ecclesial Ethics and Restorative Justice. In addition to teaching and research, Tom is active as a restorative justice facilitator and is a popular public speaker.