Criminology

Liberal hand-wringing over Kiwi criminals in offshore jurisdictions

Watch as the clamour to try and bring our criminal scum back home to ?face “justice” in New Zealand rather than the much harsher treatment they will get offshore.

One such person is this Anthony De Malmanche?fellow.

The liberal panty-waists are all upset that he might face the death penalty. Well boohoo, only the congenitally stupid don;t know that in most Asian countries the penalty for smuggling drugs at the very minimum is a sound beating and a long time in prison or the worst, a death sentence.

i have little sympathy for them.

The crim-hugging panty-waists though think this is terrible and one such womble is Alexander Gillespie who is supposedly a professor of law at Waikato University (snigger).

He is having a moan that these criminals are hard done by.

Two recent incidents involve Kiwis allegedly involved in trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. The men were caught in Indonesia and China. These are not cases of attractive females with relatively small amounts of marijuana which would cause debatable social damage.

These are people who, if convicted, will be found to be responsible for the destruction of the lives of hundreds of others. Indonesia and China have a strong interest in putting these individuals on trial. This is standard practice as each state jealously guards its laws to protect its citizens, society and principles.

Accordingly, when people are tried for crimes in foreign countries, it is no defence to say they are foreigners. As the recent debate over the Malaysian diplomat returned to the New Zealand judicial system has shown, the public expect the law to be applied regardless of nationality.

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Who cares? Why do the media cuddle crims?

David “Tainted” Fisher has his knickers in a bunch over some apparently “wrong” statistics used to justify the toughening up of laws regarding gangs.

I might be missing something here but why is “Tainted” and his employer mounting a campaign on behalf of scum gang members?

Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem.

The briefing paper told ministers 4000 gang members alone were responsible for a huge number of drug and violence crimes, including murders.

The release of the document through the Official Information Act followed the earlier discovery the wrong information had been used in a press release to justify the policy.

Cabinet ministers were also given the wrong information.

The information, which appeared to have been provided by police to the minister’s office, went before Cabinet in June before the August announcement.

The new measures passed by Cabinet were targeted at gang members who were said to be responsible for huge levels of criminal activity. They also show the Government contemplating greater powers for police to tackle gang activity.

Sociologist and gang researcher Dr Jarrod Gilbert outed then Police Minister Anne Tolley over the inaccurate press release and said it was “absurd” the wrong information had also gone to Cabinet. “This was an error of epic proportions. The problem by comparison is almost insignificant.”

The inaccurate figures had suggested the 4000 gang members in New Zealand were personally responsible for about 1500 serious violence and drug charges. New figures show this year gang members were actually responsible for 26 of the 649 serious drug charges laid. They were also responsible for 61 of 868 violence charges.

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Another Dud Judge

There is something seriously wrong with our judiciary.

They seem to be filled with liberal panty-waist types who think crims just need a hug instead of a good long stretch.

This dud judge has said that jail wouldn’t have a “positive effect” on a thug who nearly killed someone with a punch to the head.

I’m not kidding.

It might sound unlikely – the victim of a “king hit” who suffered life-threatening injuries ends up incarcerated while his attacker avoids jail time.

But that is exactly what happened in Auckland District Court yesterday.

Napier labourer Mathew Papa, 22, was out drinking at Cassette Nine on Auckland’s Vulcan Lane on February 7 when he took exception to another reveller’s actions.

Papa blindsided the 25-year-old victim with a punch to the right side of his face, knocking him unconscious on the dancefloor.

The DJ saw the fracas and alerted the bar manager who in turn told bouncers.

They followed the fleeing offender down Queen St and got in touch with police who were able to trace him via CCTV.

When officers caught up with him, Papa was in a car park trying to change out of his bloody clothes in a bid to evade arrest.

Meanwhile, the victim was being rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Though police argued Papa should be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, Judge Russell Collins decided that unlikely have a positive effect.

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Good start Anne, but go have a chat with Mitch on how to solve gang problems

I received this email from Anne Tolley last night:

Known members of gangs comprise just 0.1 per cent of the adult population, but in 2013 were responsible for 25 per cent of homicide-related charges.

In the first quarter of 2014, this group have been charged with 34 per cent of class A/B drug offences, 36 per cent of kidnapping and abduction offences, and 25 per cent of aggravated robberies.

That?s why, if re-elected on?20 September, National will implement a new action plan to tackle gang crime.?Our whole of Government action plan on tackling gangs will:

  • Introduce a?Gang Intelligence Centre?led by Police to support investigation, prevention, and enforcement; identify vulnerable children and family members who may need social support; and identify young people at risk of joining gangs to help steer them toward a better path. ? Read more »

The classic liberal view on legal highs

Stephen Franks has a good post from the classic liberal perspective on the current moral outrage over legal highs.

There are?plenty of good reasons to challenge the criminalisation of suppliers of goods not proven dangerous (and even those that are plainly dangerous ? like alcohol) to willing adult buyers. Supply offenders?are not ‘victimless’, because drug users are losers. But the ?victims? seek out the ?offenders?.

A tenet of liberty is that the state’s coercive powers should not be used to limit the freedom of informed adults.?For years we struggled to get rid of the laws that enforced only a censorious majority’s opinion of what behaviour was self?damaging. Laws against homosexuality, breaking marriage vows, abandoning your responsibilities to support children and aged parents and many other ‘moral offenses’ have been repealed. The slogan ‘the law has no place in the bedrooms of the nation’ reflected a view that minorities should be free of majority tyranny.

It will be interesting to see if any National Party MPs dare to?distinguish?their position on these drugs from freedom to ride motocross, or play polo, or climb mountains, or play rugby, or not wear a helmet on your quad bike? Why applaud nanny state banning of this one form of self harm but have no law against eating too much or drinking ?to drunkenness, or giving yourself diabetes with soft drinks, or any other of the myriad ?ways people harm themselves.

Some of those harms are much more expensive (in terms of the numbers who are susceptible) and with more proven cause/consequence connection. ? Read more »

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 »

Aussie Maritime Union ratbags helping bikie gangs in Queensland

The Maritime Union of Australia has shown what a bunch of thugs they are by helping gangs affected by Campbell Newman’s crackdown on bikies.

THE Queensland premier says union members will be upset to learn their money is being used to bankroll a court challenge against his anti-bikie laws.

The Maritime Union of Australia and a group aligning itself with the Electrical Trades Union have given $5000 and $10,000 to the United Motorcycle Council’s fighting fund, The Courier-Mail reports.

MUA state secretary Mick Carr told the paper the donation was made to help bring down laws that are not restricted to bikies.

Premier Campbell Newman said union members would be rightly upset by the revelation.

“I think many hard working union members would be unhappy about their money being used to bankroll criminals,” he wrote on Twitter.? Read more »

What’s wrong with stringing them up?

The justice secretary in the UK, Chris Grayling wants hardened crims to stay longer in prison:

Hardened criminals should serve more time in prison and not be granted automatic early release because locking them up cuts crime, the Justice Secretary has said.

Surely we could just string up the baddest bastards?

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Chris Grayling says that he would ?ultimately? like to introduce a system under which only prisoners who have behaved well are released early.

Casting aside the doubts of his predecessor, Kenneth Clarke, Mr Grayling insists that putting ?people behind bars reduces crime?.

However, he warns that ?there are financial constraints? and that such radical changes cannot be delivered ?overnight?.

The vast majority of prisoners are automatically released after serving half their sentence under rules introduced by Labour, which removed discretion within the system to release only those who had behaved well.

As a result, thousands of dangerous criminals and rapists have been returned to the streets after serving just a few years in prison.

Looks like they have the same problem over there as we do. Soft judiciary, panty waist politicians soft on crime…and criminals walking the streets instead of crushing rocks.? Read more »

And their point is what?

Liberal panty-waists are carping that our three strikes law will fill up our prisons, like that is a bad thing.

A man charged with his “third strike” has no incentive to plead guilty and could subject his alleged victim to a needless trial, a legal expert says.

Under the three strikes legislation, an offender must be sentenced to the maximum sentence without parole regardless of their plea.

The?Herald on Sunday?revealed last week a 20-year-old from Wellington is believed to be the first to be charged with his third strike.

President of the Criminal Bar Association, Tony Bouchier, said: “There is no discount for early guilty pleas, no discount for remorse, it’s just black and white.

“We are simply going to fill our prisons with people who are required to do very long terms of imprisonment.”

Justice Minister Judith Collins said legislators were aware of this when they passed the bill in 2010.

“You are talking about people who are rapists, murderers, very serious recidivist offenders. who by the third strike have been given every chance possible. The thought that they care one scrap about the victims is slightly naive.”

Presumably Tony Bouchier wants rapists, murderers and serious recidivist offenders walking free on our streets rather than incarcerated. Perhaps he should retire…we are over liberal panty-waist crime hugger like him.

Cops Matter

? Oxford University Press Blog

Franklin Zimring?explains?how New York City successfully fought crime:

First of all, cops matter. For at least a generation, the conventional wisdom in American criminal justice doubted the ability of urban police to make a significant or sustained dent in urban crime. The details on cost-effectiveness and best tactics have yet to be established, but investments in policing apparently carry at least as much promise as investments in other branches of crime control in the U.S.

Two other important lessons are that reducing crime does not require reducing the use of drugs or sending massive numbers of people to jail. Incidentally, the difference between New York?s incarceration trends and those of the rest of the nation?and the money that the city and state governments avoided pouring into the correctional business?has more than paid for the city?s expanded police force.

There are costs…and other benefits that are the flip side of the same coin:

Unfortunately, New York?s successes in crime control have come at a cost, and that cost was spread unevenly over the city?s neighborhoods and ethnic populations. Police aggressiveness is a very regressive tax: the street stops, bullying and pretext-based arrests fall disproportionately on young men of color in their own neighborhoods, as well as in other parts of the city where they may venture. But the benefits of reduced crime also disproportionately favor the poor?ironically, the same largely dark-skinned young males who suffer most from police aggression now have lower death rates from violence and lower rates of going to prison than in other cities. We do not yet know whether or how much these benefits depend on extra police aggression.

Interesting that the?benefits of reduced crime disproportionately favor the poor…then again when you think about it criminals are lazy and so prey mainly on their own.