Kelvin ‘compassionate & kind’ Davis

Kelvin Davis cracking Photoshopped image credit: Luke

The headline on Newshub reads…

The ‘compassionate’ way Kelvin Davis slashed New Zealand’s prison population

It inspired me to come up with some similar headlines:

The ‘compassionate’ way Kelvin Davis didn’t resign when Charter schools were closed down

The ‘compassionate’ way Kelvin Davis ignored students’ pleas to save their schools.

Seriously though, Kelvin Davis has made an extraordinary claim that the reduction in numbers is because people are now available to help criminals fill out a bail submission form. This one simple change he claims has meant that nearly 1000 people are no longer in the prison system. Or to clarify, nearly 1000 illiterate criminals are now out on bail because someone was available to help them fill out a bail form. Quote.

The Minister of Corrections says being “compassionate and kind” was key to cutting the prison population after years of a lack of political will to help some of Aotearoa’s most vulnerable.
Speaking to Mihingarangi Forbes on The Hui on Sunday, Minister Kelvin Davis claimed a massive decrease of nearly 1000 people in the prison population could be attributed to putting more staff into the right areas within the system.

Mr Davis said literacy and writing issues – including alleged offenders struggling to fill in bail submission forms or not being able to contact their family for support because they couldn’t read or write – was contributing to a skyrocketing remand population.
“You couldn’t fill in a form so the judge had no option but to remand you in custody,” said Mr Davis.
He said by helping those people struggling with what most people would consider simple tasks was pivotal.
“People thought it couldn’t be done… We’ve started to clear the arteries of the corrections system,” he said. End quote.