Rethinking Prison - Lecture and Discussion Series

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 7:30pm

Sir Kim Workman - The Rise and Demise of the Rimutaka Prison faith-based prison unit - a Case Study in the Relationship between Faith and Society.

Kim is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington. He is a former public servant, with a career spanning roles in Police, State Services Commission, Maori Affairs, and Head of Prisons. He is the founder and former National Director of Prison Fellowship NZ, and launched the “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” Strategy. That project now comes under the Robson Hanan Trust, which is also the legal mantle for “Justspeak.”  Kim is now a Strategic Adviser and Spokesperson for the Robson Hanan Trust.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including International Prize for Restorative Justice, Stout Fellowship, honorary doctorates from Massey and Victoria Universities, Senior New Zealander of the Year 2018, and he was knighted in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

This is the third of a five part series that looks at alternatives to the punitive and costly strategy of incarceration in use in New Zealand today.

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