Justice Sector Datalab

Research and evaluation collection

266 Results

New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims 1996

Year: 1997

Agency: Victimisaiton Survey Committee

Author: Warren Young, Allison Morris, Neil Cameron, Stephen Haslett

The 1996 New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims is the first stand-alone national general victimisation survey to be conducted in this country. The major purpose of victimisation surveys is to establish whether respondents or their households have been the victims of any of a range of offences over a specified period of time. The survey was commissioned and funded by the New Zealand Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Social Welfare, Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs. The survey was commissioned because there was a clear need for improved measures of the incidence and prevalence of victimisation in New Zealand. There was also a need for more information about the effects of, and responses to, victimisation. The survey provides valuable base-line data on which it is hoped to build by conducting subsequent surveys.

Interpreting Trends in Recorded Crime in New Zealand

Year: 1997

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Sue Triggs

This research is the first stage of a Ministry of Justice project to develop a statistical model of the criminal justice system. As recorded crime is a major factor determining the volume of work in the criminal justice system, an understanding of the factors that influence the growth of recorded crime is fundamental to the development of the model. The first part of this report examines the factors that influence fluctuations in aggregate levels of recorded crime in New Zealand. Multiple regression techniques were used to determine which social, economic, demographic and justice factors were statistically associated with changes in the annual growth rate of recorded crime rates over the 1962-95 time period. The second part of this report presents forecasts of crime rates using the results of the regression models, as well as time-series and judgement techniques. This chapter also discusses the potential impact on crime rates of factors that could not be statistically evaluated.

Home Detention: The Evaluation of the Home Detention Pilot Programme

Year: 1997

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Alison Church and Stephen Dunstan

The New Zealand home detention pilot aims to ease the transition from prison to the community of inmates who would otherwise have remained in prison. The pilot was conducted in Auckland over a two year period from April 1995. During the pilot detainees were monitored by an electronic system and supervised by three specially designated probation officers. An evaluation was needed to assess the effectiveness of the pilot, to assess the impact of home detention, and to inform a decision about its possible extension to other districts. The evaluation drew on information from interviews with detainees and their families, case records, the Law Enforcement System (formerly the Wanganui Computer), diaries kept by home detention officers, observation, expenditure records, and interviews with a range of key informants.