Parliament

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

 

NZ First Pledges Action On Young Thugs

20 March 2005

NZ First Pledges Action On Young Thugs

New Zealand First will make young people more accountable to the community for their crimes by lowering the age of criminal responsibility and widening the range of offences for which youths are automatically subject to adult processes.

Announcing the policy today, law and order spokesperson Ron Mark said lowering the age of criminal accountability and requiring that offenders 12 years and over be dealt with by the District and High Courts instead of Youth Courts will target the worrying trend of youth crime.

“A 12 or 13 year-old violent criminal is a violent criminal, and must be treated as such. A child who carries out aggravated robbery has lost the innocence of childhood. Young offenders must be held accountable for their actions before they enter a life of crime,” said Mr Mark.

The New Zealand First youth justice policy will include:

Requiring offenders 12 years and over to be dealt with by the District and High Courts not Youth Courts

Providing the Youth Court with guidelines as to when anonymity of proceedings should be removed to reinforce the offender’s accountability to the community

Make special military-type training sentences involving supervised control and intensive rehabilitation an option to recidivist offenders

Widening the range of offences for which youths are automatically subject to adult processes (e.g. crimes of violence, attempted murder, sexual assault and serious repeat offending such as burglaries and car conversion).

“Early intervention is crucial if we are to prevent young offenders graduating to a life of crime,” Mr Mark said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election