The Ministry of Justice produces a projection of New Zealand’s prison population every year - this report details the results for the 2017 projection. This 10-year prison population projection includes people held in remand and those sentenced to prison. The projections run from November 2017 to June 2027.
The purpose of developing these projections is to provide an estimate of the future prison population under current legislative settings. They are used to support investment decisions, planning and policy development across the Justice Sector, including prison capacity decisions.