Parliament

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

 

Lack Of Data On Parole Offending

ACT Urges Action On Lack Of Data On Parole Offending

ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks seeks urgent action to address the “appalling” lack of information on the rate of offending by prisoners who are either on parole or given early release.

“We need to know about offending of paroled prisoners because it is quite clear that many are going on to commit terrible crimes. They repay the community for the privilege of being let out early from jail by preying on the first defenceless people they come across. Repeatedly however, I am told that no statistics are kept on the offending of those on parole or granted early release.

“I now learn from the Justice Minister’s answer to one of my latest Parliamentary questions that 36 of the last 50 people convicted of murder in this country had previous convictions. However, the Minister tells me that ‘no statistical information is kept on whether those convicted of murder were on bail or parole, or other release’ at the time of the offence,” said Mr Franks.

“But from information that I have been able to gather, about 50 percent of all prisoners released and some three-quarters of serious offenders will be re-convicted within just a year. I estimate that at least one murder every six weeks is committed by someone who has been released early from prison. The fact that 70 percent of those last 50 murderers had previous convictions supports that worrying estimate of the numbers killed by people who should have been in prison.

“My Criminal Justice (Parole Offenders) Amendment Bill might be reached for debate by Parliament next Wednesday, November 8. It would strengthen provisions for dealing with offences committed by parolees released from prison on trust. It would also compel the Justice Minister to ensure that detailed information is both compiled and published on offences committed while on parole.

“I am becoming increasingly suspicious that this information is not being kept simply because it would have shown long ago that the existing system of parole is not working. It would have told the victims’ families the risk that became horrendous reality for them, was all for nothing. People raped and murdered by parolees pay the terrible cost of parole. Its supporters believe that is a cost worth paying to cut reoffending. But if they have not been recording parole outcomes how can anyone know whether it is worth the cost?

“Or don’t supporters care, because they expect those paying the cost to live outside parole supporters’ leafy suburbs?

“We need a change and I look forward to MPs across the house sending my bill to select committee hearings so that these issues of vital public concern can be openly debated,” Mr Franks said.

ENDS

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 Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages