The Department of Corrections works to make New Zealand a better, safer place by:

  • protecting the public from those who can cause harm
  • reducing re-offending.

Each week the department manages around 10,000 people in prisons and 30,000 offenders in our communities. Our 10,000 staff are committed to supporting offenders to help them address their offending and gain skills that will help them lead a crime-free life.

Corrections protects the public of New Zealand from those who can harm them, by:

  • making sure prisoners, parolees and other offenders in the community comply with the sentences and orders imposed by the Courts and Parole Board
  • providing offenders with rehabilitation programmes, education and job training that will turn their lives around and break the cycle of re-offending.


Click here to learn more about the Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa.