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JUSTICE HAS LOST THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PUBLIC – Timmins

WE NEED TO REDRESS THIS WITH A THREE STRIKES POLICY

RENUA Ireland TD Billy Timmins has warned that public confidence in justice will only return if we listen to the citizens concerns about crime.

Timmins said;

”A healthy society should secure an appropriate balance between rights and responsibilities.

RENUA Ireland believes that when it comes to the courts the balance has become skewed.

Our view in this regard is that the courts system has a responsibility to prioritize the rights of victims.

Too often citizens now believe the opposite is the case.

Citizens understandably believe that Ireland’s criminal justice policy for serial non incarcerated offenders is one of bail not jail.

To combat this understandable perception RENUA Ireland will introduce a three strikes rule for serious criminal offences resulting in a mandatory life sentence on a successful prosecution of the third offence.

RENUA Ireland would direct the Law Reform Commission to identify and recommend the specific crimes that should be subjected to the three strike rule.

Murder, rape, burglary involving real threats to the person and child sex abuse are three crimes that we believe should be subject to the three strike rule.

Judicial discretion on the application of the three strike rule would be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Our three strikes proposal will not see criminals incarcerated for life for the theft of a loaf of bread.

However, if the criminal justice system is to retain the faith of the citizens then it must be seen to be responsive to those who pose an ongoing threat to the public safety and peaceful communities.” 

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