Herald and Labour are peas in a pod: Crim hugging ratbags

What do you do when you have someone with over 200 convictions?  Do you blame the crim, or do you blame the state?

Ministry of Justice figures paint a disturbing picture of Kiwis who spend their lives in and out of the court system, a system that experts say is failing.

The 20 people who have appeared before the courts the most times have been collectively sentenced 2562 times since 1980, but their offending is relatively low-level, raising questions about the effect of court sentences in curbing re-offending.

The man who was convicted 214 times is in his 70s, but was first convicted when he was 33, show figures obtained by the Herald on Sunday under the Official Information Act.

His most serious offence was a non-aggravated sexual assault.

The data revealed that all those in the top 20 were men. Seventeen were first convicted before they were 19 years old.

Lawyers and offender advocates said the high numbers raised serious questions about the effectiveness of criminal sentences.

Defence lawyer and former Crown prosecutor, Marc Corlett, said the numbers were “mind-blowing”.

“I have never seen numbers like this before,” he said. “It just goes to show that we are using criminal law as a solution to social problems like mental health and substance abuse, and it is an extremely blunt instrument.”

There is a very simple solution to this.  Don’t let him out.   He’s clearly a risk to himself and the community. 

Howard League Canterbury president Jolyon White said the figures were “quite horrifying” and current solutions to reducing re-offending were not working.

“There are no easy answers, we don’t think there is a magic bullet that one agency can do to correct this.”

He said the scope needed to be widened by building on current initiatives such as Special Circumstance Courts, which sentence drug offenders, the homeless, addicts and the mentally ill to treatment instead of jail.

“People who have spent most of their adult life in and out of Corrections will lack good connections on the outside. They are likely to have no family skills, social skills, education or work experience.

“These challenges are made worse by often a really unhelpful attitude when someone gets released from prison. If you want people to integrate well it’s those connections and skills that are going to be helpful.”

Auckland barrister Danielle Beston said that the use of special court and therapeutic justice was picking up, but it was not yet evident through statistics.

A Corrections spokesman said offenders with “significant” previous convictions were actually targeted as a higher priority for rehabilitation.

Hmmm…Jolyon White? Jolyon White? …Now where have I heard that name before? Oh that’s right he was the man who coordinated the Green party vandalism of more than 700 National billboards in the 2011 election. As fas I know he went unpunished for his vandalism. Now he is the go to person for the NZ Herald to talk about recidivism.

NZ Herald is happy to promote the idea that someone who has been a one person crime spree from age 33 to 70 is a failure of the system to fix him.  Giving a bunch of bleeding heart liberal lawyers a platform saying how bad that all is.  None of them will have been working for free for this one-man income source for the legal profession, I can assure you of that.

This guy was clearly incapable of change, and should have been put in protective custody.  But no, it’s everyone’s fault except the guy who would have ruined thousands of families lives.   Yeah, let’s feel bad about him, and blame ‘the system’.

On the other hand we can easily blame the ‘system’ because it is weak kneed and pathetic when it comes to dealing with recidivist offenders. So, in a way, the ‘system’ is to blame, and the liberal elites are responsible as well for focussing on hugs and cuddles for recidivists instead of thin gruel and hard labour. The ‘system’ didn’t let the criminal down, the ‘system’ let down his victims by not locking him up for a good long time.


– Morgan Tait, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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