Report of Mel Smith, Ombudsman, for an Investigation into Issues Involving the Criminal Justice Sector

The purpose of this 2007 report is to:

  1. assess how effectively the components of the criminal justice system, including the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Police and the Parole Board, work together, and whether differences in procedures in different parts of the system lead to unintended or undesirable consequences;
  2. identify improvements that may be implemented in the short- or longer-term to improve the operation of the criminal justice system; and
  3. identify any other issues concerning the operation or policy advice structures of the criminal justice sector that the Ombudsman believes should be brought to the attention of the Prime Minister and Parliament.

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