Contrary to popular urban myth, offenders really have to try hard to get into prison

Cameron has already covered this but here is my take:

National MP Judith Collins has been the minister of corrections twice. The first time was from 2008 until 2011 and the second time was from 2015 until 2016. In a Facebook post, she explains that during her time as the minister of corrections she visited almost all the prisons in New Zealand and met many?of the staff including the volunteers. She writes: Quote:

I get very disappointed when I hear or read the usual apologists for the Labour/Greens soft on crime approach make the most derogatory statements about the efforts that go into assisting offenders to improve their literacy, their work skills and their behaviour. Contrary to popular urban myth, offenders really have to try hard to get into prison. When people wonder why someone is in prison for what they?re told is an offence that someone else isn?t sent to prison for, these differences in sentencing are often down to criminal records. In essence, if an offender has 90 criminal convictions ( unfortunately this is not that uncommon) we should expect that a Judge is unlikely to put down their latest offending as a one-Off.

ANDY JACKSON
Black Power members gathered outside New Plymouth courthouse during a murder trial in 2010.

Around 70% of prisoners are in jail for serious violence and sexual offending. These are the people that Corrections staff work with every day. Many are gang members or associates. Many have been through foster and state care as children. I don?t blame the foster or state care, I look to the parents and families whose behaviour put them into state care in the first place. So to see the Chief Executive of Corrections, Ray Smith, defending his staff against the wet, soft on crime approach of those who get to choose where they live – who don?t have violent criminals living next door to them, I am heartened that someone is standing up for the staff at Corrections as the current Minister, Kelvin Davis, is clearly incapable and/unwilling to do it. End of quote.

Yes, it is all very well for Minister of corrections, Kelvin Davis to be soft on crime and to promote a Get-out-of-jail-early card. He?does not have to live in the areas where these violent criminals will be released. The consequences on the community will not be felt by him or his Labour/Green crime apologists. Like those “Silk Robed Sons of Bitches” in Europe, the doors that he is opening will not affect him: only the communities that these violent criminals are sent back to.

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