Labour soft on crime

Clayton Cosgrove thinks he is tough on crime, yet he got spanked so badly in parliament by Judith Collins that Labour no longer allowed him any questions.

Now he has released Labour’s law and order policy and what does Labour suggest?

Dropping the very popular 3 strikes law.

A Labour government would be likely to ditch the three-strikes law for repeat offenders, a controversial policy the party vehemently opposes and says is not working.

It would also dump privately run prisons and put an extra 145 police constables on the streets at a cost of $96 million over four years under its police and corrections policy released yesterday.

The three-strikes regime was passed into law last year, making it mandatory for judges to impose harsher sentences on repeat criminals convicted of 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 that offence, without parole, for strike three.

Labour’s law and order spokesman, Clayton Cosgrove, said a Labour-led government would review how the policy was going.

“But it’s not working, it’s not appropriate, it’s not our policy … It would take something seismic to convince me that three strikes should be retained. It’d go.”

Labour, soft on crime and the party for criminals.

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