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ACT: A Fairer Justice System

Crime, and particularly violent offending, is of great concern to New Zealanders. We no longer feel safe in our homes or on the streets. The balance of the justice system appears to be in favour of criminals; victims are forgotten and taxpayers foot the bill. ACT understands that crime is a complex issue. Over 90% of prison inmates have been on an unemployment benefit, or some other benefit, when they went to prison. We must improve economic opportunities and address incentives within the welfare system if crime is to be reduced.

ACT is prepared to get tough with criminals: We put into law mandatory 13 minimum sentences for home invasion where a murder is committed.

Only ACT proposes to target the causes of criminal behaviour as part of an integrated approach in tackling crime so that it does not pay: work does.

ACT's goals are

To return the justice system to its proper purpose of protecting people and their property.

To reduce crime so everyone can feel much safer on the streets and in their own homes

ACT believes

The government's failure to address the causes of crime has made our streets and homes unsafe for us all

We need an integrated approach to crime. Common sense education, social welfare, and economic policies can improve opportunities for everyone so that crime does not pay, work does

The Crown must appeal when judges pass lenient sentences

ACT will

Ensure prisoners serve at least 80% of their sentences; the Prebble bill is the only legislation to keep criminals in prison

Toughen sentencing, bail and parole conditions

Ensure better compensation and support for victims of crime

Cap the amount spent on legal aid and tighten its administration

Extend prison employment schemes on proper business lines to help rehabilitate inmates

Support an overhaul of the court system to guarantee fairer access to justice for all

ENDS

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