Not one of the 423 prisoners serving life sentences would have been stopped by the proposed “three strikes” law, official information reveals.
The Department of Corrections has released information that shows none of the prisoners would have been “struck out” before the offence that earned the life sentence.
The information is based on the definition of a “strike” in the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill – one of a list of violent offences where the offender has been given a sentence of five years or more.
Corrections said that under the current definition none of the 423 prisoners serving a life sentence had three qualifying sentences for serious violent offences (or strikes) before their most recent life sentence.
Corrections also said that neither RSA killer William Bell nor samurai sword killer Antonie Dixon would have “struck out” before their crimes.
The information was provided under the Official Information Act to Rethinking Crime and Punishment’s Kim Workman, one of the biggest opponents of three strikes.
Mr Workman said the information showed claims by Act and its hardline MP David Garrett that 77 lives would be saved by three strikes was wrong.
To be fair to Act they have stated that the change in numbers is a result of the change of definition of what constitutes a strike. However as it currently sits we now have a bill which is in violation of the bill of rights, would in its new form save no one and lock no one up, put forward by an MP (David Garrett) who has not “time or respect” for anyone. Wasn’t this new government one that was meant to be stopping time and money wasting. It seems that a lot of time and money has been wasted on a bill that is dead in the water as it does absolutely nothing.