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Goff Needs To Unscramble His Sentencing Mess

Goff Needs To Unscramble His Sentencing Mess

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark says the Government’s so-called ‘get-tough’ Sentencing and Parole Act needs more than a ‘quick-fix’, as called for by the Justice Minister to tackle New Zealand’s sentencing mess.

“In addition to loopholes, which have seen rapists and killers being placed on home detention and 461 convicted criminals released on deferred sentences, we have revealed yet another flaw in the system,” said Mr Mark.

“The loophole in question allows for an offender who has been sentenced to 27 months imprisonment to be eligible for release earlier than an offender convicted of a lesser crime and sentenced to 21 months in jail.

“This is nothing short of ludicrous and downright daft. What kind of message does this send to offenders?

“Mr Goff needs to ensure that any amendments to the Sentencing and Parole Act are brought back to the House and put before Select Committee so that the loopholes can be closed and the law toughened up.

“Then, Mr Goff will possibly be in a position to wipe some of the egg off his face over this issue,” concluded Mr Mark.

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