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Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on the Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill. The bill seeks to repeal what is commonly known as the “three strikes law”, which has been in place since 2010, and which mandates prison sentences for people convicted three times of serious violent offences.

Through the three strikes law, someone convicted of a qualifying offence for a third time must have the maximum penalty without parole imposed on them, unless the court determines that this would be manifestly unjust.

Repealing the three strikes law would have the effect of allowing Judges to consider an offender’s individual circumstances and background, and to approach outcomes on a case-by-case basis. This bill is an omnibus bill that would amend multiple Acts including the Sentencing Act 2002 and the Parole Act 2002.

The Bill can be viewed here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 15 December 2021.

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