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