Get serious with crims
TIM Nicholls wants to give us a $ 10 million crime- fighting chopper, and Annastacia Palaszczuk wants to give us 53 extra police officers, both of which come with significant ongoing costs to the taxpayer when there is no justification for this expenditure while our current criminal “catch and release” policy exists.
The QPS is doing a great job apprehending these criminals and bringing them to court, but we often read of repeat offenders appearing in court in the morning and reoffending that same night.
Just one recent example concerned a serial offender steering his motorbike at a QPS officer with no other intention but to harm the officer while trying to escape. So he receives an immediately suspended sentence and a good behaviour bond, again!
It’s OK to make allowances for offenders from disadvantaged backgrounds when it comes to sentencing, but we must draw the line somewhere.
To appease everyone, a “three strikes you’re in” law may be appropriate in providing a certain amount of leniency for first- time offenders.
The first two convictions will provide for the offender to receive all the necessary intervention and counselling and a stern warning of what is to come next should their criminal tendencies persist.
After a third conviction, a mandatory minimum term of, for example, a year in jail would not be inappropriate or unfair.
It should be actual jail time, not a year with no time served or parole after six months.
For each subsequent reoffence after release, an additional minimum of a year is accumulated to the minimum sentence so a one- year mandatory minimum sentence becomes two years, thereafter it becomes three years, four years and so on.
Letting reoffenders determine their own destiny as they contribute to their longer and longer mandatory sentences will eventually give even the most hardened criminal pause for reflection.
Society, on the other hand, can send them away with a clear conscience knowing the criminals were well aware of the consequences, yet still travelled their chosen path of crime.
Nothing will change until we address sentencing laws and the contempt offenders have for the QPS, the public and our judicial system, no matter how many millions we throw at policing.
As for a curfew, that punishes all youngsters all because of a few who really should be behind bars.
Palaszczuk and Nicholls should also be well aware that we need to ensure the safety of our QPS officers.
Putting reoffenders behind bars would be a good start.
ALAN BIRRELL, Independent candidate for