575 bad prisoners Labour would let roam free

There are 575 prisoners currently on the three strikes ladder:

One prisoner only – a recidivist robber – has earned the infamy of having a second “strike” to his name since the introduction of the three-strikes system for sexual or violent offences.

But 574 others have earned a first strike.

The Sentencing and Parole Reform Act, which established the system of harsher sentences for repeat offenders, came into effect last June.

…The law applies to one of 40 violent or sexual offences. An offender receives a normal sentence and a warning for strike one, a sentence without parole for strike two, and the maximum sentence for the offence, without parole, for strike three.

Labour’s “catch and release”  law and order policy would see these 575 criminals walking free as they intend to abolish 3 strikes.

The system is potentially a hot issue for the election, as Labour’s law and order spokesman Clayton Cosgrove has said the law would likely be repealed if Labour won power.

“It would take something seismic to convince me that three strikes should be retained,” Mr Cosgrove said last week, though he did not say what would happen to those who already had strikes to their name.

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