Three strikes and it's out: Labour scrapping controversial law

Alex Braae, Miranda Cook,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 7:29a.m.
The Act Party law will be repealed next year. Photo/NZ Herald
The Act Party law will be repealed next year. Photo/NZ Herald

The three strikes law is itself to be struck out.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said it has had no impact on making the country any safer.

Under the law, judges must impose the maximum sentence on anyone that commits a third violent or serious sexual crime.

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Little said there are better ways to prevent crime.

"Make sure that our correction system is doing the job we need to do, which is to change the people who have been anti-social, who have committed crimes, and stop them from doing that. In the end, that's the way you make people safe," he said.

Little plans to start the three strikes repeal by the middle of next year.

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The Act Party introduced the legislation while in coalition with National

The law came into effect in June 2010.

Act Party leader David Seymour said the decision will put the public in danger.

"The early evidence is that three strikes have been deterring reoffending, and it's very clear that if you are in prison then it's incredibly difficult to harm the public," he said.

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