Time for change: Mandatory minimum sentences.
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For too long judges and magistrates have been allowing offenders to be released into the public because of their lenient views on sentencing.
They are of the opinion that mandatory terms interfere in their judicial powers but make inadequate decisions knowing they have indemnity and cannot be challenged when criminals they release reoffend.
You cannot have both. Accept mandatory sentences and keep your indemnity or be responsible for your decisions.
If you drink too much alcohol or take illicit drugs and drive you are prosecuted for driving under the influence. However, in cases of domestic abuse these are considered excuses for why a person has committed such crimes and taken in to account during sentencing.
Intervention and community corrections orders are pieces of paper and not much value if someone breaks into your home and assaults you.
I call on Corrections Minister Lisa Neville and Chief Police Commissioner Graeme Ashton to explain to the public how many chances you can have before you are sent to jail.
It is time we gave victims and their families the opportunity to heal and violent offenders the punishment they truly deserve.
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