New Beginnings Court needs funding commitment

Breaking away from the traditional model of sentencing, it sets up the offender with a plan to help them with addiction and finds them a place to live.

The aim is to get the homeless off the streets and back into society. So far, the two-year pilot has been lauded for its achievements.

The scheme runs in Auckland and has helped deal with minor crimes among the homeless, seeing a decrease in nights in prison and repeat crimes.

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