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Watchdog appoints crime prevention strategist

Press Release: 11-7-06

Justice watchdog appoints crime prevention strategist

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is set to play a bigger role in crime prevention and youth justice issues with the appointment of former MP and Law and Order Select Committee deputy chair Marc Alexander as its National Crime Prevention spokesman.

Mr Alexander has been involved with the Trust since its inception in 2001 and his political and justice experience will be vital as the Trust expands its role beyond the ‘get tough on crime’ message.

As an MP Mr Alexander promoted controversial ideas including chemical castration for sex-offenders, an obligation to work in prison, and military-style training for wayward youth. In addition to being a regular political commentator in the media, his book on criminal justice issues, “Justice – with both eyes open” has earned him a reputation as an authority on the topic.

Trust spokesman Garth McVicar said they were pleased to have someone with Mr Alexander’s experience on board.

"The Trust is presently coordinating and assisting with the development of a national strategy on "off-the-rails" youth and Marc will fit nicely into the team as we grow this area.”

"With violent crime continuing to escalate [up another 7% this year] we see Marc's appointment as critical as the debate around crime and punishment gains momentum".

Mr Alexander, who lives in Christchurch, said his new role was very exciting and hoped to be able to help the Trust as it fought to make New Zealand a safer place.

“The Sensible Sentencing Trust has the weight of the people behind it and it will be incredibly rewarding to be working for an organisation that is doing so much to help shape policy affecting real New Zealanders”.

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