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Alexander: Longer sentences? Only in the excuses!

Alexander: Longer sentences? Only in the excuses!

The only longer sentences being delivered today are those from Government Ministers making excuses, United Future’s Marc Alexander said in debunking the “Government myth” that there has been any substantial rise in the length of jail terms in recent years.

“Preventative detentions are up, but only back to 1999 levels, life sentences are down and overall average custodial sentences are only five months longer than they were before the Sentencing and Parole Acts of 2002,”

“No amount of Government election year spin can change those facts,” Mr Alexander said today in releasing data on the lengths of prison sentences obtained under parliamentary questions.

“The reality is that a few top end sentences for high profile murders has fuelled a myth that just isn’t backed up by the facts.

“We have a long way to go before we adequately punish those who offend against society - particularly with violent crime,” Mr Alexander said.

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