Three strikes policy announced

Oh goody, now all we need is to privatise the prisons and somebody will have a nice little earner.

Repeat violent offenders will not be eligible for parole after their third offence, the Government has this afternoon announced.

Prime Minister John Key told reporters that an agreement with the ACT Party had been reached and the policy would be incorporated in to legislation due in parliament in March.

The three strikes policy has been the subject of controversy with some campaigners worried offenders could be locked up for long periods over minor offences.

Mr Key today said the altered policy would incorporate “significant aspects of ACT’s three strikes policy.”

An offender would receive a standard sentence and warning for their first serious offence. The second offence would usually lead to a jail term with no parole and a further warning. On conviction for a third serious offence, the offender would receive the maximum penalty in prison for that offence with no parole.

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