Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

What Does The Government Think Punishment Is For?

From its musing on home detention, parole, and work release this Government seems to believe the purpose of punishment is to meet the ‘needs’ of criminals. Secondary to their ‘needs’ is acknowledgement that the public has some interest in being protected from criminals, ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said.

“What about deterrence and retribution? Has it become politically incorrect for punishment to punish? How can a victim see justice through vain ‘counselling’ and ‘programmes’ instead of punishment? There is no robust international evidence that rehabilitation is a realistic expectation of a criminal justice system, though we all devoutly wish that it were so.

“There is very strong international evidence that crime goes down as you increase the ‘expected cost’ of a crime. Crime drops when you increase the likelihood of detection, conviction and sentence to imprisonment of a kind feared by criminals. US crime figures are down to levels last seen in the 1960s.

“Instead, our Corrections Department tells criminals that we plan to be even more solicitous of their interests.

“Of course we have a high imprisonment rate when officials and ministers are telling criminals that our main concern is their needs. That says that we rate the women they rape and the families of those robbed or murdered, below the interests of politicians in feeling good about their compassionate image.

“There is no justice in such a system,” Mr Franks said.

END

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels