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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

Extending the Youth Court Jurisdiction

By Emily Tombs When New Zealand’s current model of youth justice was introduced by the passage of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 (CYPF), it was innovative, “world renowned” and, a “new paradigm shift”.1 Through time, our resistance to raising the upper age to include 17 year olds within Youth Court jurisdiction has […]


Greening Justice

Annie Cao –  Are you passionate about criminal justice and environmental protection? Sure, but what does one have to do with the other? Actually plenty according to this new article on the interfaces of criminal, social and ecological justice. ‘Greening justice’ isn’t about accountability for environmental harm or ecocide as a crime. Instead it encompasses […]

Returning Offenders: What does it all mean?

By Emily Tombs Recently the government rushed through legislation, mainly in response to the New Zealand citizens potentially facing deportation on Christmas Island. The reason for this law was to create ‘parole-like’ conditions for those who have served overseas prison sentences, and are then being deported to New Zealand. Because this law went through really […]