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ACT: Toughest On Crime

Crime is a growth industry that needs to be bankrupted. One in seven New Zealanders have reported a crime against themselves or their property - more than half a million offences each year. Around 93% of prison inmates were on an unemployment benefit or some other benefit when they went to prison. The prison gate is now a revolving door: 80% of inmates freed from prisons are re-convicted within two years. Even when criminals are brought to justice, the penalties aren't stiff enough to deter others. ACT says the proper purpose of the justice system is to protect people and their property. New Zealanders should feel safe in their homes and on the streets.

ACT's goals

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

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

ACT believes

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

Ø Crime is a complex issue that demands a new approach

Ø We not only need to target criminal behaviour but also its causes

Ø An integrated approach involving common sense education, social welfare, and economic policies can improve opportunities for everyone so that crime does not pay, work does

ACT will

Ø Refocus police resources on preventing crimes against people and their Property

Ø Promote a 'zero tolerance' law enforcement policy

Ø Ensure Truth in Sentencing, criminals must serve at least 80% of their court imposed sentences before they are eligible for parole

Ø Toughen bail and parole conditions

Ø Review legislation restricting the ability of police to do their job, in particular laws to deal with young offenders

Ø Ensure better compensation and support for victims of crime

Ø Increase penalties for witness intimidation

Ø Promote a thorough overhaul of the court system to guarantee better access to justice for all

Ø Cap the amount spent on legal aid and tighten its administration

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

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