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Jarrod Gilbert: Justice policies lack inspiration

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12.09.2017

• Dr Jarrod Gilbert is a sociologist at the University of Canterbury and the lead researcher at Independent Research Solutions. He is an award-winning writer who specialises in research with practical applications.

As we enter the home straight of the general election, I've cast my eyes over the justice policies of the main parties and, because I'm currently marking criminal justice essays at the University of Canterbury, I figured I'd give them a grade.

National Party gang prospect David Seymour is unlikely to have much impact on anything, but he does deserve credit for his idea of giving prisoners time off their sentence for undertaking literacy courses. Hardly a silver bullet, but we need creative ideas. Whatever credit he gains he loses by wanting to expand the "three strikes" legislation - there is no stronger symbol of our "get tough" on crime approach, which is not ageing well. B-

For a short while it appeared the Greens' primary approach to crime was to celebrate people who commit benefit fraud, but that didn't play out too well with the public. Credit goes to the idea of halting the building of any new prisons but given our current muster is growing and we are at capacity, there's no mention of what........

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