Wednesday, 12 May 2010

US judge questions 'three strikes' policy - National - NZ Herald News

US judge questions 'three strikes' policy - National - NZ Herald News
This is from the NZ Herald-the article points out that the judge does say that the proposed three strikes model for New Zealand does have more judicial discretion and is not as hard line as California. Its worth quoting from the article where he says
"People commit crimes for various reasons, some of it has to do with being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, some of it has to do with the availability of weapons and they're upset. Or they may think they're going to commit a crime like robbery and then the victim isn't as willing as they think and then things become more aggravating and someone gets hurt.

"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.

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