Awesome. Despicable crims are unlikely to get a pay-out
Prisoners considering seeking compensation for being jailed for too long should not get their hopes up, says Corrections Minister Judith Collins.
Following a Supreme Court decision released on Thursday, the Department of Corrections has admitted wrongly calculating release dates for 500 serving prisoners.
In its judgment, the Supreme Court ruled a violent offender, Michael Marino, spent about four months longer in jail than he should have because the department had failed to accurately factor in the time he had spent on remand.
Corrections is re-calculating release dates and some prisoners are due to be freed as early as today as a result.
Marino’s lawyer, Douglas Ewen, said sentencing laws had been confusing since 2003 and thousands of prisoners could be affected.
He said that could cost the department millions if it had to pay compensation.
But Ms Collins has questioned that.
Yeah nah. There is no mistake you see. It was legal at the time. There is no question the government, or Department of Corrections more specifically, have been negligent in any way. Read more »