“New Zealand First today welcomes yesterday’s announcement on the ‘Three-Strikes’ law.
While New Zealand First agrees with the need for legislative changes to prevent the moral failure and fiscal burden of an ever growing prison muster, ‘Three Strikes’ is not the priority in this necessary reform effort.
The Sentencing and Parole Reform Act 2010, known as ‘Three Strikes’, progressively increases consequences for repeat serious violent and sexual offenders. Ministry of Justice figures show that since the law passed fewer people have been convicted on ‘second strike’ offences.
“The law provides a firm framework to deter recidivism, and sends a clear message to our most serious offenders,” says New Zealand First spokesperson for Law and Order, Darroch Ball.
“We’re talking about serious violent or sexual crimes - murder, rape, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery. We need to protect our community from these recidivist, highly dangerous offenders.
“New Zealand First has always had a firm, common-sense approach to law and order issues and we will continue to ensure we influence this area,” Mr. Ball says.