Story: Prisoner support and advocacy

Peter Williams, QC

Peter Williams, QC

Lawyer Peter Williams, Queens Council from 1987 and former-president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, was a constant advocate for change in the penal system. He argued for less focus on imprisonment and more on alternative residential facilities where offenders are involved in programmes directed at changing their behaviour. Williams considered that less money should be spent on imprisoning people and more on rehabilitation and addressing the causes of crime. He stated forcefully that prisons often make people more criminal. Williams died in 2015, aged 80.

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Kathy Dunstall, 'Prisoner support and advocacy - The Howard League for Penal Reform', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Kathy Dunstall, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 May 2018