Flying Blind : How the Justice System Perpetuates Crime and the Corrections Department Fails to Correct (out of print)
80% of crime in New Zealand occurs under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This book is about how the New Zealand justice system perpetuates criminal behaviour and the Corrections Department fails to rehabilitate - maintaining a vicious cycle of addiction and substance abuse that inevitably leads to re-offending and recidivism.
"New Zealand has serious problems resulting from the abuse of alcohol and drugs. These problems end up in the criminal justice system. The problem is that the criminal justice system as it is configured at present fails to provide the treatment and rehabilitation that would ameliorate the impact of the abuse and prevent its re-occurrence. In consequence, these problems get worse and the level of offending goes up, not down. The evidence about the problem is overwhelming. What is lacking is the will to do what is necessary to make things better. Roger Brooking makes the case for change and there can be no doubt that he is correct." -Sir Geoffrey Palmer, SC, Former Prime Minister, Former Head of the Law Commission “The choice is simple: a fence at the top of the cliff, or an ambulance at the bottom? Roger Brooking favours the fence at the top. And he has compiled formidable evidence that this is not only common sense, but also makes economic sense. With the call for heightened accountability in today’s fiscally constrained environment, we hear many claims of the waste of taxpayers’ funds in numerous areas. But, few of these claims are as well documented as in ‘Flying Blind’. It provides a clear argument that spending more and more to cope with increasing incarceration rates is an obvious misuse of our taxes. A compulsory read for officials, policy advisors, politicians and taxpayers alike.” Dr Ganesh Nana, Chief Economist, Business & Economic Research Ltd (BERL)