Parliament

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

 

Sentencing Reform Spin Sucks In Victims’ Reps

Sentencing Reform Spin Sucks In Victims’ Representatives

The announced headline features of the Sentencing and Parole Reform are sensible, ACT Justice Spokesman MP Stephen Franks said today.

“But the fine print shows another story.

“Victim spokespeople have been conned like widows dealing with door to door home repairers.

“We can now tell that the Government will just paint over the dirt and cobwebs, and it will all peel off.

“The cost figures give the lie. There can be no real toughening when the extra resource is less than $23 million per year – under 1.5 per cent of the Law and Order Budget.

“ACT’s Truth in Sentencing Bill had the modest aim of ensuring criminals served at least 80% of their present sentences. The Government costed it at over $800 million in the first year, and over $100 million extra per year after that.

“Instead of protecting the sanctity of life with a real boost to murder penalties, life imprisonment will go. It will be left to the judges to decide when deliberate killing is okay. Presently only self-defence is an excuse. Plainly ‘abuse-excuses’ will be encouraged. As the lawyers have pointed out – depending on the judges, the effect could be a drastic softening of average sentences.

“There must be softening somewhere. The Government expects the changes to add less than 5% to a prison population previously expected to grow by more than 50% in 5 years with no change in policy. In effect they must be expecting dramatic reductions in present average penalties.

“White collar criminals will get even more meaningless sentences.

“The unannounced trade-offs show the tough-seeming Mr Goff is just the PR man for bewildered Mr Robson.

“The softening for other early stage criminals will simply take us deeper into the mire of law that does not mean what it says”, Stephen Franks said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Davos World Economic Forum: Ardern Upbeat Despite Absences

The prime minister will soon wrap up her first day at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which is notable for who is there as much as who isn't.

Domestic political crises have kept a number of world leaders at home including US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Brexit is not the only concern. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>

ALSO:

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels