In this submission, our recommendations are that the Bill is withdrawn and that rehabilitative programmes for disabled people in prison and post-prison environments are more comprehensive and provided according to Enabling Good Lives principles as outlined in the Disability Action Plan.

As many people enter prison with pre-existing impairments, acquire a disability or have undiagnosed conditions or impairments while in prison, it is important that quality disability support services are available for ensuring both better wellbeing outcomes and effective continuity of care while reintegrating back into the community.

Ensuring that post-release supports are adequate and that there is a choice of services for former prisoners provided according to Enabling Good Lives principles are the other keys to the successful rehabilitation of disabled ex-offenders.

DPA supports the Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections Hōkai Rangi principle outlined in the Disability Action Plan working in partnership with others to achieve better reintegration and rehabilitation outcomes for tāngata whaikaha Māori/disabled people.

Read DPA’s submission on the Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Word).