While experts are unable to agree why prison numbers are reducing a prominent victim advocate suggests Three Strike legislation could be responsible.
Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar says that any reduction in prison numbers is more likely to be a direct response to the message being sent to criminals via the Three Strike legislation.
“There are now over 60 first strike offenders and one idiot on his second strike for committing a second aggravated robbery.”
“Any reduction in the prison muster is possibly a direct result that the message is getting through to the criminals that the rules of the game have changed and that the days of ‘wet-bus tickets’ and simply accumulating numerous violent offences are over”.
“Criminals understand consequences and Three Strike legislation has ensured there is now a price to pay for those dumb enough to keep offending.”
“What ever the reason we sincerely hope the trend continues and is very quickly reflected in a reduction in the number of victims.”
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