18 Sep 2013

Sex offenders detention legislation passes first reading

7:05 pm on 18 September 2013

Legislation that would allow the most serious sexual and violent offenders to be detained after they have completed their prison sentences has passed its first reading in Parliament.

The bill would introduce public protection orders to hold offenders who are at a very high risk of re-offending in a secure facility on prison grounds, until they no longer pose a threat to public safety.

Justice Minister Judith Collins says the proposed laws would apply to a small number of offenders, who would be extremely likely to seriously offend after they have been released from jail.

The legislation was passed by 106 votes to 14, and will now be considered by the Justice and Electoral committee.