The best lawyers become judges. Law schools are already filled with students from private and high decile state schools, and the kind of legal career that makes you a judge doesn’t hurt your bank balance either.
Judges are also highly intelligent and trained in reasoning. In their career as lawyers before they become judges, their job is to find believable explanations for unbelievable situations.
None of this is to take away from Judges. They are good people committed to public service, and we’re lucky to live in a country where you can rely on a good court system. In most of the world at most points in history, that has not been the case. Without justice, safety depends on being bigger or more cunning than your opponent.
That doesn’t mean Judges are perfect, or without biases. On average, and of course there are exceptions, judges are highly intelligent, well-heeled people who can afford homes with security gates and insurance in neighbourhoods where there isn’t much crime anyway. Things usually turn out well in their lives so they’re prone to optimism.
When a criminal comes before them for sentencing, they don’t feel the fear of someone who lives next to a Kāinga Ora home with gang members. They can understand the chain of unfortunate events that many criminals have for a life history, and reason their way through it. They tend to look on the sunny side of life, and hope that life will be turned around.
That’s why the people of New Zealand, through ACT, voted for Three Strikes. As a side note, success has many fathers and failure is an orphan. Back in 2010, John Key’s National Party had to be dragged kicking and screaming by ACT to implement Three Strikes. Like charter schools, National will now claim Three Strikes is the best idea it ever had. We digress.
Most of us aren’t judges, we just want the worst crims locked up. We don’t mind giving people a second chance, maybe even a third chance, but we don’t think they deserve a fourth chance. That’s why we have three strikes.
One serious violent or sexual offence might be a regrettable mistake. Perhaps even two, at a pinch. It makes sense to rehabilitate people if they can be rehabilitated. For them, for the taxpayer, and for everyone, because even the longest sentence ends eventually. But at some point, rehab don’t work. Ain’t worth it.
After three serious violent or sexual offences, it is time to throw away the key. That’s what the majority of New Zealanders believe. If judges agreed, the three strikes law would be unnecessary, because they’d be throwing away the key on the worst of the worst already.
If you doubt that third strikers are the worst of the worst, here are some numbers. The average third striker hasn’t committed just three crimes. The average third striker has 74 convictions. How you get 74 convictions in one lifetime is a mystery to Free Press, but prison sounds like the right place for them.
After 10 years of three strikes, 13,349 have had a first strike but only 21 people have made it to their third strike. They’ve managed to commit a serious offence, go to jail, get out, commit a second, go to jail, get out, and commit a third in just over 10 years. They are speed crims, aided and abetted by weak sentencing.
That fact that’s possible shows why we need tougher sentencing laws, but it also shows that the law hasn’t started to work yet. If it doesn’t deter those 13,349 first strikers from committing more serious offences, then it will ensure they go away for a long time.
It is difficult to harm the public from a prison cell, and the main point of Three Strikes is to get the worst of the worst off the streets. At this point, there hasn’t been enough time for the law to take effect.
Now, with everything going on in New Zealand, Labour’s priority is giving crims and early Christmas present. While the rest of New Zealand has no idea what Christmas holds under a Government that never prepared for Delta, at least we know there’ll be more creeps on the streets under Labour.
We will all soon be prisoners with zero freedoms, logged and monitored, poked and prodded.
Told when and if we can shop based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
Told when and if we can work based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
Told when and if we can eat at a restaurant based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
Told when and if we can socialise based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
Told when and if we can exercise based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
Told when and if we can get an ‘approved’ education based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
Told when and if we can get health care based on good behaviour and if we follow the rules.
In fact most NZ prisons of the recent past will have allowed more freedom than we are to have in the coming future.
A message for Jacinda Ardern, If you stop me working, socialising and exercising I will instead turn my energy 100% to working against you. As I am sure, will so many others. Bring it on, you will be destroyed, no women in history has ever had the energy to F#@% and entire country indefinitely, not even Margaret Thatcher.
We Brits beat her and her party and the people forced her to resign. I remember watching those tears rolling down her face as she left Downing St in her chauffeur driven car. In comparison to what you have coming Jacinda, Margaret got off lightly.
I envisage a hard future for you and your offspring.