Three strikes

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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