Minister: Give offenders a chance

  • 24/11/2015
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga (Caitlin Smith)
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga (Caitlin Smith)

Employers are being urged to give offenders a chance by giving them a job.

Prime Minister John Key and Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga had breakfast with 80 employers in Auckland today and gave them the message.

"Being in employment means regular pay," said Mr Lotu-Iiga.

"It means having money to buy food and clothes for your family, it means a more stable and rewarding life."

He says the Government has set a target of reducing reoffending by 25 percent by 2017, which equates to 600 fewer people going back to prison and 4000 fewer people being reconvicted on community offences.

"The message I want to convey to employers is that they can help make a positive difference."

Mr Lotu-Iiga plans more forums in Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton.