‘Three Strikes’ legislation

The Sentencing and Law Reform Bill 2009 advocates that a ’Three Strikes’ policy is introduced in New Zealand. This policy would provide an automatic prison term of 25 years without parole for a third offence (excluding minor offences). The Bill advocates sentences out of proportion than the crime committed and focuses on punishment rather than rehabilitation. The policy advocated in the Bill has only little potential effect in protecting the community, and would lead to many people being constrained in prison to no good effect either to them or to the community.

Kim Workman QSO, Director of the "Rethinking Crime and Punishment" project describes the Bill as having 'the effect of de facto life imprisonment for three serious offences," according to the article published in a 2009 issue of the LawTalk below.

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