8 comments on “The Sensible Sentencing Trust has a lapdog – the media

  1. Outrageous, distorted and unchallenged media hypocrisy! it is another typical biased, misleading load of rubbish! I will also complain to the broadcasting standards and suggest others do too. Who’s the producer of the program?
    As for preventing parole for unrepentant prisoners, who defines a repentant prisoner and what is the definition of a repentant prisoner?

  2. This bill will prevent parole even though offenders are refused counselling by Corrections! even if they want it or a judge has recommended they have it Corrections fails to their job. Therefore a prisoner will be categorised by Corrections as a “prisoners that have made little or no effort to rehabilitate” a prisoner doesn’t make a decision to be rehabilitated, it is in the hands of Corrections to offer this assistance to a prisoner, as it stands if a prisoner gets counselling it will only be in the last year of their sentence if they are lucky, for most they get none.
    I have a letter from the Ombudsmen stating that counselling isn’t a choice and the resources are limited. I am confused by Judith Collins contradictory statements. If she wants repentance and rehabilitated prisoners she needs to help achieve this and instruct Corrections to do their job properly. Basically this is a another example of Judith Collins and her megalomaniac, punitive, backward ideals.

  3. Cheers, Roger – good to read that (although somewhat disappointing). Will share on facebook as a tiny step to informing others.

  4. Kia Ora: My experience of the Dept. Corrections in their handling of a whanau member is that they were unrealistic about after prison care. I also had great difficulty in getting in prison drug and alcohol counselling for the whanau member. He claims he never got it even after the DO Corrections in prison counsellor promised. He also had mental health issues which weren’t attended to. They failed to even provide information about the member and often wouldn’t give it unless they were pressed to do so by a solicitor. Generally courts, police and DOCorrections operated on the basis that information was confidential to the inmate even if the knowledge was required by whanau for after prison care. The main victims in this case was the whanau and we dealt with it in whanau rather that go to the SS Trust.

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