The Tsunami of psychopaths breaks
Minister acts on parole killing
Details of an explosive report on police and parole blunders that led to a hardened criminal killing a woman in a car crash could soon be revealed. The Crown Law Office has filed an urgent application to revise suppression orders that have stopped publication of the report for six months. The highly critical but heavily suppressed report says police and probation staff contributed to enabling a paroled criminal to be on the loose when his car hit a vehicle carrying the 20-year-old woman.
When I read the lost report from Corrections that showed the parole conditions of the 150 most serious offenders in the country last week, I wrote about the inevitability I felt reading through all the notes of some of the ticking timebombs our parole board were releasing into some of our weakest communities. Our righteous anger at crime has been whipped up by talkback reactionary Sensible Sentencing lynch mobs feed by a ‘if-it-bleeds-it-leads’ ratings addicted media creating a level of public debate on punishment that foams and brays with such hatred that it has warped public policy to levels that make NZ one of the most imprisoned societies on the planet. There are repercussions to anger and hatred as public policy, and those ramifications are a prison system so under stress that violence and corruption have become the everyday and rehabilitation has been completely ignored so much so that the human beings who have served their time are now so damaged that they decompress with disastrous results on an unsuspecting and frightened public. National will malform this abomination even further by privatizing prisons, beside the ideological argument that the democratic state should be the only power that can hold you against your will as opposed to a corporation, this change of power structure makes profit the motivating factor as opposed to rehabilitation, more prisoners in more prisons for longer becomes the strategy for private prisons and it sees them get involved in public debate pushing for harder sentences by using victims pain and anguish to sell what becomes a very vested self interest. As a community we need to dump the pitchforks and burning torches and rethink the entire strategu here, when National are PROMISING that their hard tough line will require the building of a new prison, that is a sign that the debate has lost all rational compass and we are now in the unchartered waters of the feral mob.