Group seeks an­swers about crime

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

A women’s group is host­ing a fo­rum to un­lock the rea­sons women are driven to crime.

The Auck­land Women’s Cen­tre has or­gan­ised the free event to spark a dis­cus­sion around the best ways to sup­port women in­mates.

Ac­cord­ing to the cen­tre, the pro­por­tion of Maori women in pris­ons has risen rapidly in re­cent years to about 60 per cent.

‘‘We have a high prison pop­u­la­tion and to know how to re­duce that high pop­u­la­tion we have to un­der­stand peo­ple’s path­ways into prison,’’ cen­tre man­ager Leonie Mor­ris says.

‘‘Only when you work on those so­cial driv­ers like poverty, vi­o­lence and in­equal­ity, can you start to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple in prison.’’

The fo­rum will fea­ture a range of speak­ers in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Auck­land pro­fes­sor Tracey McIn­tosh whose re­search fo­cuses around in­car­cer­a­tion, in­equal­ity, poverty and jus­tice.

Mor­ris says McIn­tosh will bring her per­spec­tive from work­ing with peo­ple both in and out of prison.

The fo­rum will be held at the Auck­land Women’s Cen­tre in Grey Lynn on June 1 and 7pm.

PHOTO: DAVID WALKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Women in our Pris­ons fo­rum will be held at the Auck­land Women’s Cen­tre in Grey Lynn on June 1.

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