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Parole Board's Days Are Numbered

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6 September 2005

Parole Board's Days Are Numbered

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark today welcomed the preventive detention sentence handed to career criminal Christian Brusey, but criticised the decision of the Parole Board that allowed him out of prison after two and a half years of a previous seven year sentence.

“It is patently obvious that this career criminal was in no way rehabilitated when released after such a derisory term,” said Mr Mark.

“Thanks to the decision to release him, further violent sexual offences have been committed against several women and the Parole Board must take responsibility for that.

“New Zealand First will replace this PC Parole Board with a Rehabilitation Board whose members will include representatives from such organisations as the Sensible Sentencing Trust. The Board’s primary role will be to reduce recidivism, and that will mean that parole will not become an automatic right.

“Brusey stole a large quantity of firearms and only around 20 were recovered. Wouldn’t it have been an obvious requirement to have him demonstrate his rehabilitation by giving up the remainder of the stolen weapons to the authorities?

“Instead the Parole Board paid lip service to the notion of reform and released him to further his criminal career.

“New Zealand First will tighten up parole laws to ensure that parole is earned, not granted as a right,” concluded Mr Mark.


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