Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Judge concerned at Maori youth crime

Male Maori youth are the single biggest challenge facing the youth justice system, Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft says.

Mr Becroft told a policing conference in Nelson yesterday the number of male Maori being dealt with in the Youth Court was concerning.

He said: 'The challenge is how to influence these people. How can we respond now? We know what works and what doesn't work. We know brat camps and scare tactics don't work.'
(He should tell that to former United MP and Sensible Senstencing advocate, Marc Alexander. /Blair)

He said the 7000 young people who came before the Youth Court each year faced a real risk of remaining in the court system.

Mr Becroft said 14- to 16-year-olds committed about 45,500 offences each year -- about 20 per cent of all offending. Half of those youth offenders were Maori males.

More than 150 police staff and Maori leaders from throughout New Zealand are attending the conference to discuss ways of reducing Maori offending and victimisation.

Deputy police commissioner Steve Long told the conference this week police hoped to increase the number of Maori recruits as one way of addressing the issue.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said the call for more Maori police would not create the long-term changes that would reduce offending.

There was no such thing as 'Maori offending', she said.

'Do we label crimes committed by other population groups as Pakeha offending, female offending, elderly offending, middle-class offending?

'Perhaps a more appropriate goal is to consider reducing offending committed by Maori, rather than presuming there are certain types of offences which are categorised as 'Maori' or 'Pacific' crimes.

'These are long-term issues that are not going to be solved over night.'

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MildGreens have had a bit to say on maori youth offending... and we have a different take on it, one that isnt too politicaly correct we might add. try this link for a hint at the solution space - and that just one search engine.

But would Police and Maori have us at the table? or is this just more vested interests and stakeholders perpetuating myths while double standards and harms go unabated!

"Has inefficient inequitable cannabis policy not got relevance to the discussion on youth and Maori crime (law and order) when the rule of law is so universally in disrepute?"

( NZ INQUIRY INTO HEALTH STRATEGIES AND LEGAL OPTIONS FOR CANNABIS ... "also discriminatory against males, Maori, and former offenders, and is ineffective in deterring users from cannabis use. ... )

see also:
Scoop: DeWorm Law and Order- LEGALISE say Mild Greens
and ALCP Submission on Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy
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