6 Apr 2010

Maori tipped to be affected by three strikes bill

9:06 am on 6 April 2010

An Auckland University law lecturer says Maori will be disproportionately affected by ACT's three strikes bill.

Richard Ekins says Maori are more likely to come before the courts for crimes of violence, which count as strikes, rather than large scale frauds, which don't, despite being extremely harmful to victims.

He told Waatea News that Maori who commit a relatively minor assault, could end up sentenced for extended periods if it counts as a third strike.

He said he hopes there will be vigorous opposition from Maori Members of Parliament.