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The population of Vermont has grown only ten percent in the last twenty years, and violent crime in that same period has dropped by thirty percent. But during these same years Vermont's prison population has swelled, and the cost of incarceration has skyrocketed. In these twenty years, Vermont has created more prison beds - and filled them - and still has to send some offenders out of state.
Punishing costs: How locking up children is making Britain less safe
There are also alternative approaches to justice that address minor offending more effectively than the traditional criminal justice system. Practices of restorative or community justice are based on the offenders accepting personal responsibility and repairing the damage they have done, instead of merely receiving punishment. These forms of justice also involve the victims and the wider community in the process, creating a new way of engaging people with the justice system.
Three strikes: A blot on our judicial landscape
The passing into law of the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill (the three strikes legislation) last week, was a milestone of a kind – it marked the passing into law of arguably the worst piece of criminal justice legislation in New Zealand history.
While the legislation is a shocker, the way in which it was managed through the legislation process is a case study in political manipulation of the democratic process, lending weight to Lord Acton’s famous words, “All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Three strikes 'means nothing to lose'
He has visited more than 1000 jails but Rimutaka Prison's container cells were a first for a visiting expert, who says locking up criminals for life will spark violence.
The Prison Fellowship International president Ronald Nikkel, from Canada, was in Wellington this week, after the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act, or "three strikes" law, was passed.