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JustSpeak is a network of young people speaking to, and speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want change in our criminal justice system.

Based on evidence and experience, we seek to create a safer and more just Aotearoa by minimising imprisonment, enabling better rehabilitation for offenders, and focusing on the social problems that lead to offending.

Latest Posts

Special treatment in our justice system – the real issue

We need better, community-based justice responses that are applied and available regardless of whether you are a rugby player, a doctor, or can’t even afford to pay for legal representation. “We should not have differential treatment in our justice system for those who are privileged by their background or our national obsession with rugby” says Julia Whaipooti, Chair […]

Include all children in our youth justice system: An open letter to PM John Key and Cabinet Ministers

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What to do when your country is addicted to prison

In Aotearoa New Zealand we have a prison addiction. We are sending our people – and in particular our Māori and Pacific Island people – behind bars in greater and greater numbers. In the words of our Minister of Finance, Bill English, prison is a moral and fiscal failure. But in the five years since […]