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11th May 2008


“Like the name suggests their comments are longwinded, out of touch and promote more of the same failed polices they have been offering for generations – the new name cannot cover up the same social disaster they continue to promote”.

Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar was responding to criticism by the director of the Rethinking Crime and Punishment Project regarding the Christchurch Police proposals to adopt a New York approach to crime.

“The Director of the Rethinking Project, Mr. Kim Workman has been immersed in the Criminal Justice system for years; - he has overseen a dramatic increase in violent crime and yet has the audacity to criticize police who are prepared to offer constructive alternatives to failed policies of the past.”

“The vested interest groups appear to be having trouble accepting that the public –and police – have had enough of their disastrous liberal experiment, the Christchurch Police have our full support for their zero-tolerance approach.”

“Mr. Workman’s attempt to use the “race-card” to crucify the Christchurch Police is as pathetic and outrageous as Cindy Kiro’s suggestion that “tagging” is an art form.”

McVicar said the Sensible Sentencing Trust also applauded Nationals announcement today that if it became the next Government they would launch a serious assault on the drug ‘P’ by cracking down on gangs making and distributing the drug.

‘Thank goodness the Police and some Political Parties are not listening to the continual nonsense being promoted by the criminal-friendly organizations.”


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