1 Nov 2017

New Government to scrap three strikes law

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:19 pm on 1 November 2017
The new Justice Minister Andrew Little says the three strikes law hasn't worked.

The new Justice Minister Andrew Little says the three strikes law hasn't worked. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Justice Minister Andrew Little says the three strike law will be repealed in the second half of 2018.

Under the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act 2010, repeat, violent offenders face serving the full sentence for their third offence, without the possibility of parole.

Andrew Little says it has not successfully reduced serious crime or acted as a deterrent.

Professor of Criminal Law and Justice Studies at AUT, Warren Brookbanks tells Jesse the three strikes law was always going to be thrown out under a Labour Government.

 

 

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