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Mr Brooking is  a spokesman for the Howard League for Penal Reform. He is also the author of a criticial expose of New Zealand justice system:  Flying Blind - How the justice system perpetuates crime and and the Corrections department fails to correct.

Br Brooking has worked as an alcohol and drug counsellor in Wellington for over 10 years. He provides comprehensive alcohol and drug assessments on offenders who end up in Court with alcohol and drug related offending. He also provides AOD reports to the Parole Board on inmates seeking to attend a substance abuse treatment programme in the community on release.

He has also made numerous submissions to government on the need for increased treatment opportunities for alcoholics and drug addicts and frequently appears as a commentator in the media on such topics. His particular concern is the lack of opportunities for offenders who appear in Court (and in prison) but get little or no help with their substance abuse problems and so continue to re-offend.

 




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Wednesday, 19 August 2015
7:58AM
How Serco pulled the wool over Corrections and Mt Eden was rated as 'exceptional' In 2012, the Corrections Department began comparing the effectiveness of its 17 prisons. 203 views

Sunday, 3 August 2014
10:40AM
Corrections cuts crime by manipulating the stats In July 2014 the NZ Herald revealed the police have been cooking the crime stats in Papakura. 354 views

Saturday, 19 October 2013
9:27AM
Health & Disability Commission endorses inhumane treatment of prisoners No one would be surprised to hear that standover tactics, bullying and violence are rife in prison. 224 views

Saturday, 5 October 2013
1:54PM
Sensible sentencing Norwegian style Articles in Britain's Guardian newspaper describe how prisoners are treated like human beings on Bastoy Island. 280 views

Friday, 4 October 2013
8:33AM
Three former prison doctors call for inquiry into prison health services "It's a miracle no one died." 353 views

Monday, 23 September 2013
6:53AM
80% of countries use torture - including New Zealand The Corrections Department subjects prisoners to commonly used psychological torture techniques. 421 views

Sunday, 1 September 2013
11:56AM
Where is circuit 8? Regional rates of imprisonment suppressed by VUW academics A fascinating, but somewhat mysterious, piece of research has recently been published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 585 views

Sunday, 14 July 2013
10:03AM
High priced Crown Prosecutors rorting the system 306 views

Saturday, 8 June 2013
9:36AM
Criticism of sensible sentencing trust deleted from Wikipedia In the last 18 months, I have made numerous edits to Wikipedia articles on justice issues in New Zealand. 346 views

Friday, 31 May 2013
9:40AM
Prison suicides covered up by GP's Royal College Since 2008, more than 75 people have died in New Zealand prisons – where the suicide rate is 11 times higher than in the general population. 483 views

Thursday, 3 January 2013
11:59AM
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Wednesday, 2 January 2013
12:20PM
Nurse suspended for 18 weeks on full pay for giving prisoner Raro. Emily Wilson has been a nurse for 30 years but was suspended after an act of kindness to a dehydrated prisoner. 818 views

Thursday, 20 December 2012
7:22AM
Officers kill prisoner trying to commit suicide The coroner's report into the death of Nicholas Harris in Waikeria prison last year found officers were 'justified' in their behaviour. 485 views

Thursday, 15 November 2012
7:16AM
Prisoner's lives not worth saving - the suicide of Kerry Joll The Dominion Post has just reported the outcome of the coroner's inquiry into the suicide of Kerry Joll. 301 views

Sunday, 21 October 2012
12:49PM
How police and probation harass prisoners on parole - the case of Tony Maude The police raided every house he stayed at - his mother died, his engagement broke up, and his ex-partner took off to Christchurch with his daughter - then he relapsed. 422 views

Friday, 5 October 2012
8:35AM
The media still in bed with Sensible Sentencing Trust 739 views

Wednesday, 3 October 2012
9:52AM
Crime at an all time low - but we still need another prison New Zealand's crime rate has dropped for the third year in a row. 382 views

Thursday, 20 September 2012
6:54AM
Public protection orders for 3,840 high risk prisoners. Judith Collins claims only a very small number of prisoners will meet the criteria - but the Corrections Department says 3,840 will meet the criteria over ten years. 207 views

Tuesday, 28 August 2012
6:16PM
Graeme Burton & Murray Wilson have a lot in common - both were set up to fail Murray Wilson, aka the 'Beast of Blenheim' –  committed his crimes well over 18 years ago. 307 views

Sunday, 12 August 2012
6:17PM
Diabetic dying to get out of prison Jane Wilson is 36 year old drug addict with diabetes. 214 views

Tuesday, 3 July 2012
9:40AM
IPCA - Police watchdog is a real puppy The Independent Police Conduct Authority (generally known as the IPCA) has just released a comprehensive report on police deaths in custody. 169 views

Monday, 25 June 2012
2:20PM
Prison protesters - all they need is a decent meal. New research finds prison violence is linked to poor diet. Supplements containing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids reduce violence in prisons by 37%. 362 views

Sunday, 20 May 2012
9:40PM
Cruelty by Corrections pushes prisoners into suicide The Coroner recently released his findings into the death in prison of Richard John Barriball and was highly critical of staff at OCF. 835 views

Sunday, 22 April 2012
7:27AM
Psychological abuse of vulnerable prisoners. The Corrections Department uses sleep deprivation and 'the naked squat' on suicidal prisoners. 367 views

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
7:51AM
Anne Tolley ratchets up the screws on prisoners. Section 5 of the Corrections Act requires that prisons are "operated in accordance with rules ...  that are based on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. 266 views

Friday, 6 April 2012
7:53AM
Howard League calls for 50% cut in prison population New Zealand's rate of imprisonment is on a par with third world countries wracked by violence and civil war. 535 views

Thursday, 29 March 2012
11:19AM
Open letter to Gerry Brownlee - and his little piece of Finland. Dear Gerry, Take your Nokia - your little piece of Finland and call Prof John Pratt who actually knows what he's talking about. 170 views

Sunday, 25 March 2012
8:15AM
Drinking too much water to be an offence. A Bill has just passed its first reading in Parliament which will enable prisoners to be charged with an offence for drinking too much water. 641 views

Saturday, 24 March 2012
8:11AM
It doesn't add up - 1,200 empty beds and a new prison Last week, the Government announced that two old prisons will close – Wellington's Mount Crawford Prison (which holds 120 prisoners) and the New Plymouth prison (which holds 112). 474 views

Saturday, 17 March 2012
8:21AM
Department's double standards (the MIRP doesn't work). The Government has set 10 targets for the public sector to achieve over the next three to five years - including a reduction in criminal re-offending. 398 views



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