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Submission to Inquiry on Victims' Rights 2006

Summary

  • The protection of victims’ rights is not achieved by denying the rights of prisoners, or seeing their concerns and needs as competing interests.
  • The pain and suffering of victims should be heard, but it should not be responded to by calls for vengeance.
  • Offenders are let off the hook by being imprisoned without reconciling with their victims.
  • We support th greater involvement of victims in court process, through mechanisms such as restorative justice hearings.
  • The victime, rather than the state, should be the recipient of any compensation payments.
  • A focus on restorative justice would likely benefit Māori, as a historically familiar system.

See also the 2005 submission on the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Bill and the 2010 submission on the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims (Expiry and Application Dates) Amendment Bill.

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