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Maori legal scholar Moana Jackson has been given a chance to update his ground-breaking research into Maori and the criminal justice system.

The Borrin Foundation, a new philanthropic foundation established through a $38 million bequest by the late Judge Ian Borrin, has allocated $614,420 over 18 months for He Whaipaanga Hou Update Research.

Mr Jackson says it’s shameful 51 percent of men and 64 percent of women in prison are Maori, and little has changed since he first highlighted the problem 30 years ago.

The grant will support research into why the country continues to imprison Maori men and women at such high rates, and he hopes it will lead to a more open and imaginative discussion about the criminal justice system.

Borrin Foundation grants and scholarship committee chair David Goddard says the foundation wants to maximize the impact of its funding by focusing on areas where the law is not serving New Zealanders well, such as criminal justice and family law.

The foundation also made a $43,000 grant to Just Speak to run its Whiti Te Ra 2018 Hui, giving Maori a chance to share ideas about hot to achieve transformative change in the criminal justice system, and $39,000 over three years to fund Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga’s summer legal research internship programme.

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