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Justice - Sentencing

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Truth in sentencing will abolish parole to ensure that sentences given and explained in open courts are the sentences served.
Sentences will have to be genuinely long enough to persuade communities that the offenders have paid a price.
Give victims the right to be heard in open court, and to comment on sentencing
Life to mean life for first-degree murder.
End automatic concurrent sentencing, every crime to count.

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Nandor Tanczos

The ability to make orders or referrals to social services in order to reduce the likelihood of future offending, and to combine them with penalties.
Increase the range of options available to judges in criminal court cases
The ability to combine orders for community service with other sentences
The ability to impose longer sentences of community service, so that the sentence can be used in response to more serious offending without upsetting notions of reciprocity.
The ability to specifically sentence an offender to home detention as a stand-alone sentence

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Annette King

Continue to work to implement the Youth Offending Strategy with a review of sentencing options available to the Youth Court
Complete a review of the way in which fines are imposed, processed and enforced
Provide tougher regimes for serious repeat offenders and have seen longer sentences and tougher decision-making preventing offenders who present a high risk to the community from being released on bail and parole
Amend the Sentencing Act to make criminal offending in the presence of a child, which endangers or otherwise exposes the child to potential adverse effects, an aggravating factor at sentencing
Ensure that deliberate use of illegal drugs is treated as an aggravating factor at sentencing for crime carried out while under the influence of those drugs

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Simon Power

Ensure greater use of preventive detention for violent repeat offenders
Investigate longer sentencing options for the Youth Court.

New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters

Immediately review the rules for home detention to restrict eligibility and strengthen supervision
Whilst allowing some judicial discretion, provide greater statutory guidance to the judiciary on what sentences offenders should receive for various crimes
Remove concurrent sentences for those guilty of serious crime
Investigate the implementation of a degrees of murder sentencing regime, for the most repugnant and abhorrent of violent crime
Increased use of mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenders with no automatic rights to sentence reduction

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Hon Peter Dunne

Introduce tougher penalties for all drug dealing, including cannabis, and make it an aggravating factor in sentencing for those found guilty of dealing to young people
Introduce specialist drug courts to allow treatment options to be incorporated into sentencing
Remove being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while committing a crime as a mitigating factor in sentencing

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit
Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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