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


Swain letting offenders shirk soft sentences

Tony Ryall National Police Spokesman

15 October 2003

Swain letting offenders shirk soft sentences

The National Party is attacking the Government's new-look periodic detention scheme as a dismal failure.

"So much for community 'work'. Three out of five offenders sentenced to this scheme don't turn up, and if it's raining they're sent home," says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall.

The community-based sentence replaced PD and community sentencing under the new Sentencing Act last year.

"Now we have the Unions blowing the whistle on this disastrous scheme," says Mr Ryall. "NUPE's statement today labelling community work a "failure" and calling on the Government to do something says it all.

"Most New Zealanders would be appalled to hear that 60% of offenders don't even bother to turn up for community work, with some failing to appear for weeks. Even worse, some offenders are reportedly being sent home from work when it's raining.

"Not only is this offensive to the many victims of crime, it also shows utter disrespect for court sentences.

"National has warned the Corrections Minister that the community work scheme is ripe for abuse, but he refuses to listen. Paul Swain now needs to get out of his chair and sort this out," says Mr Ryall.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news