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Stop Risking Lives With Parole

Stop Risking Lives With Parole

Friday 27 Jun 2003 Stephen Franks Press Releases -- Crime & Justice

Government Ministers cannot pretend that the threat represented by multiple rapist Michael Carroll has nothing to do with them ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"The community in which they tried to hide Carroll should demand to have him recommitted -before his compensation money runs out. Why wait until he can no longer buy the fantasy sex he has diverted himself with for the past few months?" Mr Franks said.

"Under the Parole Act, Minister Paul Swain's Corrections Chief Executive can apply to have a parolee recalled. He need only persuade the Parole Board that Carroll now represents an `undue risk' to the safety of the community.

"They seem to be relying on the flimsy comfort of a psychologist's hopes for Carroll. New information, that Carroll has not worked or led an ordinary life - but has been indulging in militarist fantasies and spending five figures on prostitution - should surely be enough.

"My reading has found that it is rare for an individual who is not working, and in a contributing relationship with normal members of the community, to be rehabilitated on parole,

"Just because the Parole Board cannot start the recall does not excuse the Ministers who set up this deceptive parole system. Mr Swain should immediately ensure there is a recall application. The usual Labour line on crime `don't look at me gov' won't work this time.

"If he has not had the initiative to think of this for himself, I will not criticise him for needing my advice, if he'll only get moving.

"Carroll's consent to go on a course is irrelevant, and should be seen for the sop that it is. How can anyone, including the Parole Board, know that the course will be any more effective than Taffy Hotene's anger management courses. Hotene was so promising he was given a mentoring role in his course. He then murdered Auckland journalist Kylie Jones.

"Labour was asked by the Withers' 92 percent referendum to ensure that predators like Carroll would have no expectation of release until they are old and harmless. Labour said preventive detention would do, instead of `life means life' or truth in sentencing. It is time to make preventative detention a reality, Mr Swain," 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.

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