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While the opposition plays games National focuses on the things that matter

The opposition continues to play games, entertaining and cavorting with crooks, dreaming up policies that create more problems than they solve.

Meanwhile the National government carries on making a difference on things that actually matter, like reducing re-offending for criminals.

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says the Government is now over half way to achieving the Better Public Service target of a 25 per cent reduction in reoffending by 2017.

Reoffending has fallen by 12.6 per cent against the June 2011 benchmark, resulting in 2,319 fewer offenders and 9,276 fewer victims of crime each year.

“These figures are extremely encouraging, and combined with a 17.4 per cent drop in recorded crimes over the last three years it shows our communities are safer,” says Mrs Tolley.

“I want to thank our Corrections and Probation staff for embracing our bold plans and for all their efforts in reducing reoffending.

“There have been unprecedented increases in prisoner and community offender rehabilitation under this Government, which are already paying dividends.  Read more »

Who knew? Climate Change causes increased crime

This was published on Stuff. Apparently climate change will cause increased crime…who knew? There is a list of things caused by climate change…now crime can be added to it.

Someone somewhere funds this crap.

A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures – on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis – are likely to produce more crime.

The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests global warming will trigger more US crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as US$115 billion.

Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft, the study published this week in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says.  Read more »

Finally. A law that will actually be enforced

I hate pointless laws.  Like microchipping dogs to “prevent” them attacking children.

But here we have one that’s a winner.  Doesn’t go as far as I would like, but at least it is practical.

Drivers who refuse to pay speeding fines will have their licence confiscated – sometimes on the side of the road – and possibly lose their car under changes due in months.

From February, the Justice Ministry will ramp up efforts to recoup more than $200 million in outstanding traffic fines, most for speeding.

It will issue Driver Licence Stop Orders as a last resort to people who repeatedly ignore warning notices or court orders.

Any person found driving in breach of one of the orders will have their car impounded for 28 days.

Associate Justice Minister Chester Borrows said in some cases people would have to surrender their licence on the side of the road if police detected an order was in place.   Read more »

IPCA needs to mandate better shooting and empty magazines

The IPCA has found the cops were justified in shooting a ratbag who took a hammer and knife to his missus…unfortunately he survived after being Glocked.

Perhaps the IPCA should come out with a recommendation that Police attend more training so they can shoot better and require they empty the magazine at the target.

Police were justified in shooting a man who attacked his pregnant partner with a hammer and a knife, an independent inquiry has found.

Ruka Hemopo, 47, survived being shot by police with a Glock pistol and a Taser stun gun during a domestic incident in the Porirua suburb of Waitangirua on May 2.  Read more »

Why most don’t care about GCSB

Foreign Policy has a very good article about the fuss over “spying” and why most people simply don’t care.

For most people, privacy, too, has become the “shining artifact of the past” that Leonard Cohen once sang about. Indeed, anyone with a mobile phone understands that everything from their bank records to the products they buy online to the telephone numbers they dial and the addresses to which they send emails are recorded somewhere — whether by a private business, their own employers, or, of course, the government.

We are being spied on all the time, and usually by private enterprise…and the media.

Viewed from this perspective, is it the general public’s comparative lack of indignation over the NSA surveillance scandal that is surprising, or is the real shocker that journalists, activists, and politicians feel so outraged? Yes, the U.S. government is indeed the Biggest Brother of them all, but most people go about their daily business being spied on and having their data mined by any number of small- and medium-sized brothers. Of course, someone who is outraged by the attempts to jail the leakers and prosecute and intimidate their journalist and activist colleagues would insist, and rightly so, that these sorts of things should not be permitted in a democracy. But the gap between the outrage of the chattering classes and the public’s apathy — or, more likely, resignation — illuminates the essential difference between the elite’s understanding of the world and everyone else’s. To put it starkly, members of an elite tend to believe they can change things; most everyone else knows that, except in a few rare instances, they cannot. In an essential sense, the real question for members of the elite is not, why isn’t the public outraged, but why are we?  Read more »

Give them a medal and a nice engraved shotgun each

Some prisoners are very dangerous, it is best to leave them to sort things out for themselves when they go a bit mental. No need to rush in.

But if you do have to intervene it is very important that you protect yourself…especially if the prisoner is someone who has cut the head off of a soldier in a street in London.

Five prison officers have been suspended after an incident involving one of the men suspected of murdering soldier Lee Rigby.

The officers have been sent home on full pay and cannot work at Belmarsh high security prison or any other jail following the struggle with Michael Adebolajo, 28, on Wednesday.

The five men deny they assaulted Adebolajo, who is understood to have lost two teeth while being restrained at the prison in southeast London.  Read more »

Finding Evil in a Haystack


Foreign Policy has a reasonably good article about the systems the NSA uses to monitor communications.

I say it is reasonably good in that they get some details right on the tools and algorithms used to analyse communications including (even thought they don;t use the term) link analysis, emergent grouping and other statistical analysis methodologies that allow systems and analyst to isolate the abnormal from teh billions of normal transactions in the data.

Over the last week, critics and defenders of the National Security Agency have heatedly debated the merits of metadata – information about the phone activity of millions of Americans that was given to the government via a secret court order.

The information collected includes records of every call placed on the Verizon communications network (and, it appears, every other U.S. phone carrier) including times, dates, lengths of calls, and the phone numbers of the participants, but not the names associated with the accounts.

For some, the collection of these data represent a grave violation of the privacy of American citizens. For others, the privacy issue is negligible, as long as it helps keep us safe from terrorism.

There are indeed privacy issues at play here, but they aren’t necessarily the obvious ones. In order to put the most important questions into context, consider the following illustration of a metadata analysis using sample data derived from a real social network. The sample data isn’t derived from telephone records, but it’s close enough to give a sense of the analysis challenges and privacy issues in play.   Read more »

Can’t they tell just by looking at his photos

8582395Why is it when you see a photo of a sex offender you immediately just know they are a sex offender?

Why is Immigration checking, just look at his photo.

Immigration New Zealand is reviewing the file of an American man, who was rescued yesterday after being one of a trio overdue for more than a week from a tramp in the Kahurangi National Park.

Guy Verschuur, 51, is listed on the Nebraska Sex Offender register, an official website of the state government.

He was convicted of first degree false imprisonment of a minor in January 1998.

The site had a photo of Verschuur which matched that used by Nelson police, and recorded him as having ‘‘absconded’’. Details of his crime were not listed on the website.  Read more »

Drugs, Weapons, Home Brew and Porn seized in state run prison

The Labour party and their proxy in the Prison Guards union oppose private prisons, they say the state can run them better.

Imagine the outcry if drugs, weapons, porn and home brew were found in a Serco run prison…the wailing and howling would be weapons grade.

However that is exactly what has happened in a state run and union controlled prison. The union needs to come forward with some answers, Otherwise Anne Tolley should outsource this prison forthwith.

Illicit drugs, pornography, home brew, gang paraphernalia and weapons are among the 854 items of contraband discovered at the Otago Corrections Facility in the past three years.

The Milburn jail had 19,123 visits by members of the public between its opening in June 2007 and the end of last year.

Of the 6987 people who applied to be registered prison visitors, 642 were declined for various reasons, including attempting to bring in contraband and being subject to court orders or charges.  Read more »

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