(ed: burrows talks sense – mcvicar from (oxymoronically-named) ‘sensible sentencing trust’ has palpitations/needs smelling-salts/a wee lie-down..)
Chester Borrows says New Zealand needs to shift its focus from simply locking up criminals to more meaningful sentencing.
The Whanganui MP told TVNZ last week that politicians were scare-mongering.
Mr Borrows said society could either write people off as ‘rubbish’ and give up on them or believe everyone was available for redemption.
To achieve this the focus should be on education – restorative justice and employment while prison should be for those who pose a threat to society.
‘There’s a place for a range of sentences – shorter sentences rather than longer – but actually making them meaningful.
The whole Western world believed in tough on crime at one stage but it actually didn’t get us anywhere.
The best hope we’ve got is to actually make people better when they leave prison than when they went in’.