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Professor Tracey McIntosh scrutinizes the factors leading to large increases in the number of Māori women in prison over the last 15 years.

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Winter Lecture Series 2020 - Wāhine, Māori and prison

Professor Tracey McIntosh

A distinguishing feature of incarcerated women in New Zealand, the vast majority of whom are wāhine Māori, is that they are drawn from the most deprived and marginalised sections of society.

Over the past 15 years New Zealand has sent greater numbers of woman to prison with a significant increase in young Māori women. This has occurred despite the fact that women's offending rates have remained relatively stable.

The failure of effective strategies and the burden of complying with onerous release conditions produces cycles of reincarceration that are sustained and damaging. Women with lived experience are some of the most powerful agents of transformative change and critical in addressing the failures of our present system.

Professor Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a sociologist who is Co-Head of School, Te Wānanga o Waipapa / School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. In 2019 she received the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to education and social science, while in 2017 the Royal Society of New Zealand awarded her Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her contribution to social science.

In 2018 Tracey was appointed to both the New Zealand Government's Welfare Expert Advisory Group and the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group. Her research focuses on religion, systematic suffering and state crime and marginalisation and identity issues with Māori, including the experiences of prisoners, particularly of wahine Māori, within New Zealand.

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