I know who is loopy and it isn’t the Sensible Sentencing Trust

Andrew Little has done a huge service for the Sensible Sentencing Trust in recent weeks.

His opposition to ‘three strikes’ has helped swell their coffers with increased donations and yesterday morning he decided to call them “loopy”. David ‘Anal’ Fisher, at the criminal-friendly NZ Herald, runs the shabby hit job: Quote:

The influence of the Sensible Sentencing Trust appears to be waning with a key member leaving and Justice Minister Andrew Little labelling leading figures as “loopy” and “callous”.

Scott Guthrie, a senior figure and spokesman for Sensible Sentencing Trust, told the?Herald?he had quit the trust believing it had achieved little that made New Zealand safer and that longer prison sentences were not the answer to crime and justice problems.

He has now set up the new Transforming Justice Foundation, saying rehabilitation and finding ways to help prisoners rejoin society without reoffending is the key to cutting crime.

Guthrie and the Foundation are set for a meeting with Minister of Justice Andrew Little in the next fortnight. In contrast, the Sensible Sentencing Trust had one meeting last year and hasn’t been seen in the Beehive since.

The Trust has previously held a pivotal role in crime and justice debates, pushing for longer sentences and more restrictive bail and parole conditions.

In an interview with the?Herald, Little said he had not met the group this year.

I have a problem specifically with Garth McVicar who has a bit of a track record of what I think are some pretty loopy views“.


Most recently, there was?McVicar offering police “congratulations”?over the shooting of a young man which meant “one less to clog the prisons”.

It completely trivialised the position of police officers in that situation. I thought there’s something unhealthy about that set of views that I don’t think is helpful to a debate about criminal justice reform.”

Little also had concern about a comment on a blog by Sensible Sentencing Trust lawyer David Garrett, the former Act MP.

In the wake of the?Herald reporting a spike in suicides?in our crowded prison system, Garrett wrote: “No one with half a brain cares if the kind of people featured on this blog under the title ‘Meet a second striker’ commit suicide in jail? and neither would you, if you cared a fig for their victims.”

Little said: “The idea you just callously say it’s okay if they commit suicide – that’s not a set of values that I want to be anywhere the debate about reforming our criminal justice system.” End quote.

How ironic: Andrew Little complaining that someone trivialised a situation when he was doing that just the other day in parliament.

Also ironic that Andrew Little is calling Garth McVicar loopy when you consider this image posted on his Twitter account: