Q+A this morning was a disgrace. They had Crusher Collins on to do her usual tough on crime routine with Sex Offenders and Q+A allowed her to scare monger.
The media who make ratings and profit from hyping up crime have had a field day with sex offenders being moved back into the community.
It’s an easy story that the media never bother to contextualise and that’s why we get the usual bullshit coverage that has no other purpose than to create fear and generate ratings.
Locals living next to sex offenders of course freak out. The areas these offenders are thrown into, are of course poor areas – no one in the media have even bothered to look at the issues around housing for prisoners (except Waatea 5th Estate). They live in shit houses with barely any support and then we wonder why they fall over as quickly as they do.
The ‘stranger danger’ is a dangerous facade because most children are abused by someone the family knows and trusts.
The fundamental issue here are the changes to Parole that occurred in the early 2000s. Before those changes, Prisoners who didn’t cause problems inside prison were given early parole. It was the only mechanism we had inside prison to force individuals to self moderate their behaviour. Because of the get tough on crime changes however (championed by Labour and National) Parole was changed so that prisoners had to do certain things before they could get parole, one of those was rehabilitation.
What has occurred however with sex offenders, is that those who can’t accept their crimes, don’t get any rehabilitation, so they end up serving their entire sentence minus any rehabilitation!
Then we act surprised when the entire thing falls over?
The Government’s response to these men who have come out more damaged than when they went in is not to acknowledge their punitive private prison experiment has failed and exacerbated the problem, oh no, their solution is to lock these prisoners up forever under ESO and permanent incarceration.
The private prison industry will be laughing all the way to the bank.
We are a nation with the maturity of a day old can of coke, and we push for spiteful counterproductive social policy and then put this dumb look on our face when we see it fall over.
NONE of this was covered by Q+A.
We are a blind society led by a one eyed media.