The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Second Submission on the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill 2010


  • Caritas opposed the original form of the Bill in 2009 and continues to oppose the revised version.
  • Caritas considers that the imposition of the maximum penalty for a "third strike", regardless of circumstances and mitigating factors will result in hugely disproportionate outcomes.
  • Caritas believes that judicial discretion is the most appropriate way of deciding a just penalty.
  • The legislation fails to promote repentance and rehabilitation over revenge.

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