11 April 2017
Fact sheet - Statistics for Māori offenders
In the last financial year Māori re-offending was 33%, non-Māori 26%.
Māori make up 16% of the New Zealand population but 51% of the prison population.
Māori women make up 63% of the female prison population.
While Māori make up more than 50% of the prison population, and while 30% of the prison population are gang members, 70% of these gang members are Māori.
Gang members (irrespective of ethnicity) re-offend at nearly twice the rate of non gang members.
Māori make up the largest ethnic group in prison but also the largest sub group participating in all forms of rehabilitation:
- 60% of those commencing the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Programme (STURP) are Māori.
- 55% of those commencing Drug Treatment Unit programmes(DTU) are Māori
- 55% of placements in rehabilitative programmes are Māori
Completion rates for rehabilitative prison programmes are 82 per cent, and identical for Māori and non-Māori.
In 2008 prisoner placements in alcohol and drug programmes were 234 – in 2016 they were 6,413.
In 2008, 234 prisoners started a drug treatment unit programme, in 2016 that number was 1,018.
Māori perform as well, and sometimes better than non-Māori, as a result of completing programmes.
45.5% or 13,000 of almost 29,000 people serving community sentences, identify as Māori.
64% of Māori released from prison will be re-convicted within two years compared to 53% of Europeans.
Māori comprise 22% of the Department’s staff.