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Fewer reoffenders but more reoffending

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/06/2016

The Department of Corrections is likely to miss a target for reducing the rate at which prisoners are reoffending.

Though the number of people going on to reoffend after completing a sentence has decreased by 25 per cent from 2011, a small number of people are reoffending more often and more seriously, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

The reoffending rate has therefore only fallen by 6.5 per cent since 2011 and Corrections aims to reduce it by 25 per cent by 2017.

"It's likely that the goal of reducing reoffending by 25 per cent will be achieved, but it will take longer than planned," Ms Collins says.

"Regardless, the goal has provided a clear vision for Corrections staff. It has transformed the way they work and achieved great results so far," Ms Collins says.

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