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Tougher bail law a good step forward

Tougher bail law a good step forward

The Sensible Sentencing Trust Wellington branch would like to congratulate Simon Power and the National government for the proposed tightening of access to bail in The Bail Amendment Bill which is to be introduced to Parliament early next year. The Bill will see restrictions placed on the access to bail for those charged with serious crimes such as murder and the onus placed on the arrested suspect to prove they are not a risk to the community before being granted bail.

Simon Power states that “These changes will improve public confidence in the bail system and ensure that bail will be harder to get in marginal cases where the court would previously have had no choice but to release a defendant on bail."

The Sensible Sentencing Trust Wellington branch supports this change as it will assist make our communities safer places and put the rights of victims and the law-abiding public ahead of those charged with the most serious offences. Every crime committed whilst a suspect is released on bail is one too many and bail needs to be regarded as a privilege, not a right.

New Zealand once was, and can be again, one of the safest countries in the world if we have the will and determination to stand up against crime and refuse to accept it as a part of our lives. We all have a right to be safe within our own homes, streets, and communities. We will continue to fight for that right and advocate for a tough stance to be taken against those who would have those rights taken away from us.

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