Justice Sector Long-term Insights Briefing

Closed 30 Nov 2021

Opened 2 Nov 2021


Nau mai, haere mai.

The Long-term Insights Briefings are a new government initiative requiring agencies to develop and share insights on the trends, risks and opportunities that affect, or may affect, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Corrections, Te Tāhū o te Ture – the Ministry of Justice, Oranga Tamariki, the Serious Fraud Office and Crown Law are working together with New Zealand Police and Ināia Tonu Nei (a name shared by a kaupapa, a hui, a report and a group of kaitiaki with a goal to reform the justice system) on developing the content for the Briefing.

Why are we interested in the future of imprisonment?

This Briefing is an opportunity to understand more about what shapes the prison population and what drives the outcomes for those who have been imprisoned. This understanding will enable a deeper discussion about imprisonment that will inform future policy options.

The Briefing will build on what we already know about this subject through extensive public consultation and research over several decades.

Why are we consulting?

We need to ensure that the Briefing is relevant and focused on what matters for Aotearoa New Zealand. We want to hear directly from New Zealanders about your views on the causes and impacts of imprisonment so that the Briefing reflects diverse perspectives, draws on the best information and considers a range of possible futures.

The Briefing will make available to the public information and impartial analysis about medium and long-term trends, risks and opportunities that affect, or may affect, Aotearoa New Zealand and our society.

The consultation process

There will be two phases of public consultation.

Phase One on the possible focus areas for the Briefing topic has now closed.

Phase Two in early 2022 will be your opportunity to feedback on the draft Briefing we develop in response to Phase One.

The final Briefing will be presented to Parliament in 2022. It will be available to government and the public as a resource and evidence base to help improve our future prison system.

There are many topics and focus areas that could usefully be explored in a Justice Sector Long-term Insights Briefing and this is just the start. The Briefings are to be developed every three years, as part of an ongoing conversation about the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Justice Sector Long-term Insights Briefing Consultation Document


  • All New Zealanders


  • Law enforcement