[Deathpenalty]death penalty news --- worldwide
j_sommer at gmx.net
Wed Jul 14 12:23:41 CDT 2004
death penalty news
July 14, 2004
Support for death penalty in NZ
The death penalty was abolished nearly 45 years ago but a poll shows nearly
one in three New Zealanders want it back.
The One News Colmar Brunton poll finds voters want a range of justice laws
The record for New Zealand's longest sentence goes to William Bell, who was
jailed for 30 years for a triple murder at the Mount Wellington-Panmure RSA
Justice Minister Phil Goff says the government has significantly toughened
sentencing and parole laws, but that is not enough for the 28% who want to
bring back the death penalty.
The poll found 67% do not want the death penalty and 5% don't know.
Goff says the justice system isn't perfect enough to guarantee that
somebody convicted of a crime actually committed that crime.
"To take the life of an innocent person is the worst thing that a state can
do to its citizens," he says.
The National Party agrees and says more of the public would too if they saw
other justice laws strengthened, such as no parole for violent and repeat
Under a National government only those offenders on their first low-level
stint in jail would be able to qualify for parole, and only if they show
genuine remorse and rehabilitation.
Just 13% of voters are happy with current parole laws, 28% want parole
abolished and 58% want to retain it, but under stricter conditions.
The poll shows significant support for National's tough new law and order
policies but scepticism about why it is promoting them, with 54% saying the
party is only doing so to win votes.
The poll also questioned voters on the use of DNA samples. Currently they
are taken only from those suspected of burglary and serious offences.
It found 58% want compulsory samples from anyone who is arrested, 40% are
happy with the status quo and 2% don't know.
The poll of 1,000 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2%.
(source: TV NZ)
More information about the DeathPenalty