Recidivism

One man’s protest is another man’s celebration

10,000 scumbags in prison. ?And with the crime stats as they are, that’s still not enough.

Prison abolitionist group No Pride in Prisons held a march to the Mount Eden Corrections Facility today to protest the prison population reaching 10,000 people.

Hundreds of protesters made themselves heard throughout the Auckland CBD as they marched from Aotea Square to Mt Eden Prison, demanding an end to mass incarceration. The march ended with speakers, including Marama Davidson MP and speeches written by people currently in prison. They were followed by live music played for both marchers and prisoners.

Spokeswoman for the group Emilie R?kete says, “Prisons don?t do what they say they do. Corrections says that prisons rehabilitate people, but the reality is that prisons are violent.”

“The government is wasting money locking 10,000 people away while inequality worsens.”

The public don’t care. ? If you are stupid enough to get put into prison more than once in your life, then as far as I’m concerned, you’re in the right place. ?The rest of us really don’t care about how equal you feel. ? Read more »

Registering pedo scumbags might make them commit more crimes say the crim huggers

Registering pedo scumbags might make them commit more crimes say the crim huggers.

A proposed register for child sex offenders could increase their chances of re-offending by isolating them from society, organisations with concerns about the plans say.

The Government has developed plans for the register to reduce the risk posed by serious child sex offenders, by providing government agencies with the information needed to monitor them in the community.

Registered offenders would have to provide a wide range of identifying information about themselves, and the information of any children who lived at the same address as them, in addition to reporting their travel plans and providing details of their online accounts.

In a?submission on the plans, Law Society president Chris Moore said the organisation had “serious concerns” about how the register would infringe on offenders’ civil rights and freedoms. ?? Read more »

Do we need Three Strikes for other offences?

The country’s worst drink-driver is due to be released again next month after serving a prison sentence for his 26th drink-driving conviction.

Raymond Charles Laing was sentenced to three years in jail in 2012, and will have served his full sentence on May 15.

He declined to appear at his last Parole Board hearing on March 19, Fairfax reported.

When he leaves prison, he will be required to live at an approved address, attend an alcohol and drug treatment programme, and undergo psychological assessment and counselling as directed by a parole officer. Read more »

OK, what would you do with this man – before he kills someone?

This story fell off the edge yesterday, but it still needs some attention. ?Police reporter Sam Boyer from the NZ Herald reported on this shocking state of events:

Brian Mitchell Hart, 58, from Hawkes Bay, has 20 convictions for drink-driving and 11 for driving while disqualified, and has been sent to prison 33 times for these and other offences.

But every time he gets out, he gets his licence back, drinks again and gets back behind the wheel.

He has twice been disqualified from driving “indefinitely”.

On one of those occasions, in 2002, he underwent counselling and treatment for alcohol addiction and after an assessment by a government-approved counsellor, was approved to get his licence back by the New Zealand Transport Authority.

Under the law, the toughest sentence for repeat drink-drivers is indefinite disqualification, which can be imposed only under a specific set of circumstances.

This is where Brian Hart can’t be stopped. ?He doesn’t need a license, and he can access a new car if he so wishes.

Ready to put himself, others, and even children at risk of injury and death. ? Read more »

Who will have the courage to protect the weak?

While we continue to place the human rights of remorseless rapists and murderers and paedophiles ahead of the innocent and the weak, more lives are being destroyed

Alexia Johnston explains

A 67-year-old sex offender who was jailed for 17 years this week has reignited the call for a publicly available register of sex offenders.

Christopher David Williams faced trial in Timaru but was sentenced in Christchurch on Monday.

A non-parole period of seven years and six months was imposed.

Williams was convicted in March on 12 charges: five of rape, four of unlawful sexual connection using his fingers, and three of indecent assault.

The Christchurch District Court heard this week that the two girls he offended against were subject to the abuse at rural South Island locations. One of the girls had become pregnant and one had been raped when she was heavily pregnant.

The offences were described as premeditated and cruel, with no remorse.

No remorse. ?Premeditated. ?Predictable. ?Inevitable. ? Read more »

Mass incarceration

Cry babies of the week: Maximum security inmates

Kirsty Johnston has a winner on her hands when reporting on this one

Child-sex offenders are eating steak and enjoying picnics, sunbathing and playing tennis at Auckland Prison, say jealous maximum security inmates.

Corrections has confirmed residents of Te Piriti, the therapeutic unit for paedophiles, were treated to a BBQ with their families and friends last November as part of their rehabilitation programme.

The event was to assist with building social relationships and help the men’s reintegration, the department said.

Te Piriti is one of the country’s two specialist child-sex offender units, which aim to reduce re-offending. Inmates who complete the programme are around four times less likely to offend again.

However, an inmate in the notorious D Block maximum-security wing said the favourable treatment of the paedophiles – who were already unpopular with the general inmate population – had caused anger. “Since Corrections removed the vegetation around their compound, D Block prisoners have had a good view of it,” he said in an email.

D block prisoners don’t like to see paedos have a good time. ? Boo ?hoo. ? 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.

Learning from New York

? Sydney Morning Herald

Yesterday I had a guest post from David Garrett that provoked agreat deal of comment. Later on I read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that suggests that we have much to learn from the New York experience:

New York has achieved twice the national rate of the decline in crime in the past 30 years while reducing the incarceration rate.

The tide turned when a Democratic mayor, David Dinkins, an African-American liberal in denial about black crime, was replaced by the city’s leading prosecutor, Rudy Giuliani. New Yorkers, who vote overwhelmingly Democrat, were so weary of crime they turned to a Republican.

Under Giuliani, the police began swamping areas where street crime was brazen. They conducted stop-and-frisk operations. They collected fingerprints. This raised the ire of civil libertarians and civil rights warriors but it had a dramatic impact.

Police identified what they called hot spots and although most of those frisked were black and Hispanic, the black and Hispanic communities benefited most from the new policies because they were disproportionately the victims of street crime. Giuliani was re-elected. After two terms he was replaced by another Republican, Michael Bloomberg, who later fell out with the party, but Republicans have been running New York for the better part of 18 years.

Professor Zimring concludes that the police, by inhibiting street crime, inhibited crime generally. They took away a milieu. This had the greatest impact on the greatest source of crimes – criminals coming out of prison – who found their old comfort zones were gone. This led to a reduction of crime, not because prisoners came out ”reformed” but because a reduction in criminal activity on the streets had changed the social environment. It created a virtuous cycle.

Recidivism declined. The incarceration rate declined. The police also took a more pragmatic approach to victimless crime, especially marijuana possession. This led to a further reduction in the prison population.

Sensible on Drugs

? The Trentonian

Some sensible comments on drugs:

Philip Diaz, a distinguished social worker with more than 35 years of experience in drug prevention, said, ?Gov. Christie is one of the few enlightened governors who understands that addiction is a disease and criminal behavior is a part of the disease, and he understands they need to be treated and not punished.?

Diaz said Christie?s plan is ?compassionate? and ?fiscally appropriate,? adding that he believes ?it will set a national model? for how to tackle the cycle of crime and addiction in the United States.

Christie said New Jersey?s annual incarceration cost is $49,000 per inmate, whereas putting an offending drug addict in rehab can cost half that amount over the course of a year. ?We have statistics that will convince you that those who?ve gone through the current Drug Court program, those who get treatment, are significantly less likely to fall victim to recidivism than those who don?t go through the program,? Christie said.