ACT believes protecting the safety and property of its citizens is the government’s first and most important job. The rights of victims should trump the rights of criminals.
People should feel safe at home, at work and in public.
A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work when dealing with offenders. We need to get tougher on criminals who repeatedly offend and ensure they remain behind bars.
But we also need to work with offenders who show a willingness to turn their lives around. That means giving prisoners incentives to complete educational programs that will equip them to lead productive lives and stop them from returning to criminal activity.
ACT believes we also need to reduce the administrative barriers that prevent groups such as the Howard League from helping to educate and rehabilitate prisoners.
Finally, we need to be smarter with Police resources. Significant time and resources go into chasing minor traffic offences and petty drug use. Taxpayers fund Police to prevent serious crime, not to play nanny state.
- Add burglary to the three strikes regime, meaning someone convicted of a third burglary offence gets three years in prison.
- Reward prisoners who complete literacy programs and driver licensing tests with reduced sentences. Do the same for prisoners who volunteer to teach in these programs.
- Scrap red tape that stops ordinary New Zealanders from volunteering in prison education and rehabilitation programs.