Shift priority to victims, public safety

LETTER

It seems our Government has more concern and compassion for the criminal element of our society, than they do for law-abiding citizens and the victims of those criminals.

Justice Minister Andrew Little is in the process of repealing the three strikes law. His reasoning? It’s not working.

Well, we will find out once it has been repealed how many crims will now feel safer committing their third crime, knowing there is no chance of being automatically sentenced to the maximum penalty for that crime.

He is also looking at softening the bail laws, stating we have a falling crime rate but a rising prison population. Well doesn’t that sort of explain itself! The criminals are in prison and therefore cannot commit crimes.

In a recent radio interview he made one of the most inane comments I’ve ever heard from a Minister regarding his portfolio. Asked what he would do when someone committed a crime while on bail, he said people have to be monitored and “no one’s going to put anybody out on bail, who’s currently in prison or would otherwise go to prison, for whom we cannot get to very quickly if something goes wrong”.

Really? Well that’s a big weight off peoples’ minds. Of course nobody who’s out on bail has ever assaulted, raped or murdered anybody, have they? And if they do, well, we’ll get there very quickly.

The Government keeps comparing us to other OECD countries and how our imprisonment rate is higher than theirs, as if they are doing things right and we’re wrong. Well, maybe we have it right.

Mr Little, let’s see some concern and compassion for victims of crime, and see your priority shift to the safety of law-abiding citizens and their property, from criminals.

A. Abbott

It seems our Government has more concern and compassion for the criminal element of our society, than they do for law-abiding citizens and the victims of those criminals.

Justice Minister Andrew Little is in the process of repealing the three strikes law. His reasoning? It’s not working.

Well, we will find out once it has been repealed how many crims will now feel safer committing their third crime, knowing there is no chance of being automatically sentenced to the maximum penalty for that crime.

He is also looking at softening the bail laws, stating we have a falling crime rate but a rising prison population. Well doesn’t that sort of explain itself! The criminals are in prison and therefore cannot commit crimes.

In a recent radio interview he made one of the most inane comments I’ve ever heard from a Minister regarding his portfolio. Asked what he would do when someone committed a crime while on bail, he said people have to be monitored and “no one’s going to put anybody out on bail, who’s currently in prison or would otherwise go to prison, for whom we cannot get to very quickly if something goes wrong”.

Really? Well that’s a big weight off peoples’ minds. Of course nobody who’s out on bail has ever assaulted, raped or murdered anybody, have they? And if they do, well, we’ll get there very quickly.

The Government keeps comparing us to other OECD countries and how our imprisonment rate is higher than theirs, as if they are doing things right and we’re wrong. Well, maybe we have it right.

Mr Little, let’s see some concern and compassion for victims of crime, and see your priority shift to the safety of law-abiding citizens and their property, from criminals.

A. Abbott

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