The great scholarly Grand Cleric of the libertarian right, Jamie Whyte, has come down from the mount with two stone tablets and sadly all he has is 3 strikes, not 10 commandments…
Jail burglars after third offence, says Act
Party leader Jamie Whyte yesterday outlined a three-strikes policy, under which burglars will spend at least three years in prison if convicted of the crime a third time.
The policy is similar to the three-strikes law for violent crime, also an Act policy, which requires judges to sentence offenders who commit a third violent crime to the maximum sentence without parole.
…this tired old tough on crime knee jerk redneck fuckwittery is hardly the peaks of political intellectual purity Professor Jamie Whyte promised now is it? It’s the same tired old jaded crusty foreskin of reactionary anger manipulated for political gain that ACT have always traded in.
Ugly, very ugly.
Seeing as burglary is one of our most common crimes, the only ones truly happy with a 3 strikes, 3 year prison term will be the private prisons who get paid to house this sudden expansion of prison population. All this will lead to is a massive blowout in costs and a jump in our already high incarceration rates.
Attempting to cite the current 4000 first strikes of the existing 3 strikes legislation as proof that a sudden increase in prison numbers won’t happen is insane. The 3 strikes was supposed to be for a small handful of the worst offenders, that we’ve managed to clock up 4000 already suggests those assurances were baseless and that the structure and wide ranging sentences that can be included in that were far too broad to begin with.
This ‘policy’ (and I’m using that word as broadly as I possibly can) is more about values. If you think that your property is akin to a divine gift from the Market God, you’ll see incarceration as a righteous response for daring to touch it. If you aren’t a selfish neurotic who needlessly drives a 4×4 SUV in leafy suburbs you’ll see this for the dog whistle that it is.
If this petty bullshit is the best Jamie Whyte has as ACT policy, he should stick to legalising incest.