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Public Support Adds Pressure For Original 'Three Strikes'

Posted on 26 Jul 2009

ACT New Zealand Law & Order Spokesman David Garrett today released new information showing that an overwhelming 75 percent of New Zealanders support ACT's 'Three Strikes' policy and 73 percent of New Zealanders advocate National adopting it as official Government policy.

"The results of this independent public survey show very clearly that New Zealanders have had enough of, and want real action on, serious violent crime, Mr Garrett said.

"There are currently two forms of the 'Three Strikes' policy: ACT's policy – under which any violent offender found guilty of committing a serious violent crime for the third time will automatically receive a mandatory non parole jail sentence of 25 years – and National's ineffective version, which requires the imposition of a five-year sentence before a conviction for a specific offence can count as a strike.

"National has only agreed to support 'Three Strikes' to Select Committee with the added condition of the five-year minimum term of imprisonment which will result in very few - if any - violent offenders being affected by 'Three Strikes'.

"The survey results are entirely consistent with most of the submissions to the Select Committee – the vast majority are in favour of 'Three Strikes' and recognise that to be effective, the additional requirement of a five-year sentence MUST be deleted.

"The 77 victims ACT campaigned on have now increased to 79 – the most recent victim a Samoan choirboy killed by a gang member with 48 previous convictions.

"The people have spoken, and 75 percent of New Zealanders cannot be ignored. New Zealanders know that 'Three Strikes', once fully in effect, will save lives. It is now time for the Government to take action," Mr Garrett said.

To view survey results click here.


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