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


Freeze prison payouts and bring in back-dated law

Wednesday, 15 September, 2004

Alexander: Freeze prison payouts and bring in back-dated law

United Future's Marc Alexander today called for an immediate freeze on compensation claims for prisoners to allow an inquiry to be held with a view to retrospective legislation that will make sure that crime never pays.

Speaking after lawyer Tony Ellis filed a further 18 claims on behalf of prison inmates, Mr Alexander said the issue was getting "beyond a joke".

"No one condones brutal or cruel treatment of prisoners, but putting money into criminals' pockets is clearly not the intent of our law. If compensation goes anywhere, it should go to their victims, or the families where the victim has been killed by the criminal," he said.

Mr Alexander said there were strong precedents for freezing any compensation payments until the issue was properly resolved.

"Many a law-abiding Kiwi has had the IRD hold monies until certainty was brought to bear on their situation. There should be no problem applying the same standard to criminals," he said.

"And a huge part of the folly of this whole exercise is that these criminals, who are in jail for breaking the law, have found themselves in the situations that they are now complaining about because they caused further trouble when in prison and required extra disciplinary measures.

"And the answer of the bleeding-hearts is to throw money at them. It is totally nuts," Mr Alexander said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


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>>


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>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news