Labour intent on catch-and-release policy sooner rather than later

Andrew Little is continuing Labour’s soft-on-crime stance, signalling a relaxing of bail laws:

Former Justice Minister Judith Collins has sent a warning to Andrew Little victims of family violence aren’t going to have the same protection if he changes the country’s bail laws.

Little, the current Justice Minister, on Saturday morning told Newshub’s Nation he was getting advice from officials on bail laws, which were beefed up by the previous National Government.

“We are going to have to have a look at this because what is happening and the consequences of that change in the bail laws is we’re getting way more people banged up in prison, and they haven’t even been convicted yet, they’re there on remand, than was intended when that bail law was first introduced,” Little said.

“Now I’ll have to get advise from officials and experts on that, I haven’t got that advice, but that is clearly an area we’re clearly going to have to have a look at.”

How is having more criminals in prison a problem?

We don’t actually care how many people are banged up in prison. Bad bastards should be off the streets but Labour’s soft-on-crime ministers want them on the streets it seems.

The Labour Party campaigned on the plan to reduce the prison muster by 30 per cent in the coming 15 years, something Little admitted was “ambitious”.

As of September, there were 3000 prisoners on remand, compared with 1800 in 2012.

So what? They’ve committed crimes and now they are in prison. Why do Labour care?

Collins, now a National Party leadership hopeful, says the “main driver” behind tightening bail laws was to protect victims of family violence.

“Where there’s family violence alleged, and there’s significant reason for the courts to be able to say somebody should not get bail, that’s been one of the issues we try and address, which is basically violent offenders going straight back into the home and the victims . . . being pushed or pressured into withdrawing their statement,” Collins said.

“Before he goes around changing laws, bail laws in particular, around violent offending, he needs to actually consider why they were put their in the first place.

“It’s actually all around the victims of family violence . . . that was the main driver of it.”

The country’s prisons are under immense pressure – just 300 beds are available to accommodate the growing prison population.

National’s corrections spokesman Simon O’Connor said the jailhouse burden was becoming critical as the prison population edges closer to 11,000.

The Labour-led Government had been vocal in its opposition to building a new billion dollar, 3000-capacity Waikeria Prison near Otorohanga, which National had planned, O’Connor said.

Labour opposed every new prison initiative and now they are trying to blame National. Most people think a tent in the middle of the North Island would be OK for prisoners. However, Labour are wanting to put people at risk so their prison muster is lower. There will be more victims, and we can lay the blame at Andrew Little’s doorstep.

I doubt Amy Adams would be any tougher than Little either. She’s a well-known wet when it comes to law and order.

 

-Fairfax


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