"I don't think the death penalty is a deterrent. I think that to argue that having certain kinds of laws or certain kinds of penalties will automatically cause people to comply doesn't work, based on my experience."
He said a blunt analysis could show crime was reduced by such schemes because locking up criminals meant they were not on the streets. "But at what costs? My concern always is that sometimes it's looked at as a simple solution and we no longer have to make the effort to rehabilitate - we just lock people up."
Once again this demonstrates the lack of real evidence behind many law reform suggestions. I hope Parliament does work harder on this issue-it has already fallen foul on Bill of Rights criteria.