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California’s ‘Three Strikes’ law brought in line with NZ


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California’s ‘Three Strikes’ law brought in line with New Zealand’s

The Sensible Sentencing Trust has welcomed the passing of ‘Proposition 36’ by the voters of California – a public referendum that sought to soften the harshest ‘three strikes’ law in the USA.

SST Three-Strikes Spokesman, David Garrett today said: “This brings the Californian law, which was introduced in 1994, closer to the more reasonable three strikes law that came into force in New Zealand in 2010 after years of lobbying by Sensible Sentencing.

“When we researched the various three strikes laws in the United States, it was clear to us that the extremes of the Californian law were unreasonable, and would not be accepted in New Zealand. As a result, the Three Strikes law we now have is fair and considered, and no-one can be imprisoned for a minor offence.

The Californian law will now have those same safeguards against injustice. We welcome that.” ENDS

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