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Judge slams government ‘anti-prison’ policy

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Samantha Woodhill | 18 Jan 2016, 12:41 p.m. Agree 0
A New Plymouth judge has slammed the government policy recommending probation officers to suggest punishments other than prison.
  • Ikipa P Tongatule | 18 Jan 2016, 01:19 p.m. Agree 0
    This is probably a regional response to a national problem. Despite this, Judge Allan is simply saying, in this case, enough is enough. Courage, from a District Court Judge, is what comes to my mind.
  • Steve cullen | 18 Jan 2016, 03:29 p.m. Agree 0
    This highlights the difficulties when economists seek to " bureaucratize" the criminal courts. Inadvertently they disempower the judiciary - after all the clients know that there is every likelihood of simply having the next sentence up the ladder of sentences, so ignoring a judge and flouting court orders aren't discouraged at all. Good on judge Roberts for highlighting a real problem.
  • Grant Diggle | 19 Jan 2016, 08:12 a.m. Agree 0
    Well done Judge Roberts. One of the basic principles of governance is that a government keep its citizens safe from each other. Too often we have seen crimes committed by those who were known to be dangerous and should have been incarcerated except for government economics and a weak Judicary more concerned with the rights of the criminal than with the innocent citizens. Its time we had a rebalancing of the rights. Citizens rights usurp criminals rights.
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