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Reaheated Liberalisation Plan Won't Fool Anyone

Reheated Prison Liberalisation Plan Won't Fool Anyone

"Corrections Minister Matt Robson should stop obsessing about the rights of serious offenders and start thinking about the victims," says National's Corrections spokesman Tony Steel.

"The Government's latest assertions that it is concerned about the interests of victims won't wash with most New Zealanders.

"Three weeks ago Matt Robson wanted serious criminals to be allowed to have sex behind bars. That was greeted with public outrage and rejected by his colleagues.

"Now Mr Robson wants to let serious criminals, including sexual predators such as rapists, go home early on home detention so they can enjoy the full range of home comforts.

"This is nothing more than his earlier failed sex-in-prisons policy dressed up a different way. He's using the old argument 'If Mohammed cannot come to the mountain, then the mountain will go to Mohammed'.

"What is this obsession Matt Robson has with ensuring violent criminals get to have sex and other home comforts?

"His sickening double-standard will bring no comfort to the victims of serious crimes. For many victims, especially women, their homes have become their prisons.

"The 92 percent of people who voted for tougher treatment for serious criminals in last years referendum will justifiably be sickened by Mr Robson's warped priorities," Tony Steel says.

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