5 Purpose of corrections system

(1)

The purpose of the corrections system is to improve public safety and contribute to the maintenance of a just society by—

(a)

ensuring that the community-based sentences, sentences of home detention, and custodial sentences and related orders that are imposed by the courts and the New Zealand Parole Board are administered in a safe, secure, humane, and effective manner; and

(b)

providing for corrections facilities to be operated in accordance with rules set out in this Act and regulations made under this Act that are based, amongst other matters, on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners; and

(c)

assisting in the rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration into the community, where appropriate, and so far as is reasonable and practicable in the circumstances and within the resources available, through the provision of programmes and other interventions; and

(d)

providing information to the courts and the New Zealand Parole Board to assist them in decision-making.

(2)

Subsection (1) does not affect the application or operation of any other Act.

Section 5(1)(a): amended, on 1 October 2007, by section 58 of the Sentencing Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 27).