I was pleased to see our proposed three strikes for burglary policy covered in the Central Leader (March 21). However, there was a misunderstanding in the article. ACT’s existing three strikes law means that people convicted of a serious violent or sexual offence get the maximum possible sentence on their third conviction. Three strikes and the max. Critics say that including burglary as a strike offence would lead to excessive imprisonment.
They may be right but that is not what we are proposing.
We are proposing that, completely separate from the current three strikes policy, people convicted of three burglaries would receive three years minimum non-parole. Burglary was reported 53,000 times last year.
Our intention is to get tough on burglary without distorting the current three strikes policy, which is aimed only at serious violent offences.