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

 


Criminal Justice (Parole Offenders) Amendment Bill

22 November 2000

Justice Minister Phil Goff today described Stephen Frank's Parole Offenders Bill as a simplistic proposal from the ACT Party that would result in perverse outcomes.

"Under this Bill, a conviction for an offence committed while on parole would automatically see the inmate recalled to finish the term of imprisonment, with no prospect of further parole from that original sentence.

"Like all mandatory sentencing regimes this one would inevitably lead to absurd and unjust results.

"Take the example of a young person who was convicted of murdering another person in a bar brawl. He serves say 11 years and is released. Five years later, he is convicted of shoplifting. Under this bill, he would have to serve the rest of his natural life, conceivably another 50 years, in prison for shoplifting.

"The penalty in that case simply would not fit the crime. ACT's bill is a blunt instrument when what we need is something more sophisticated.

"The public is justifiably outraged when someone like Taffy Hotene can murder an innocent young woman while out on parole.

"The key problem with the parole system has been in identifying the inmates who are still dangerous, who should not be released, and the present inflexibility of the system to keep those people in prison rather than releasing them.

"The Government is addressing this problem. The sentencing review and parole law reforms will ensure that serious, persistent and dangerous offenders are serving longer sentences and do not automatically get release into the community after two thirds of their sentence where they can commit further serious offences.

"ACT's Bill approaches the issue with a sledgehammer and would simply squander hundreds of millions of dollars, recalling over 2,500 offenders every year, regardless of the risk they pose.

"Aside from sounding tough this would only serve to divert money from the places it can really make a difference: crime prevention, early intervention in at-risk families, tackling youth offending, policing, targeting hard-core offenders, and strengthening victims’ rights.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news