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Three strikes becomes law - but what about John Key and his cronies...
Legislation to remove eligibility for parole for the worst repeat violent offenders has passed through parliament, 63 votes to 58
The controversial three strikes legislation has passed through parliament, 63 votes to 58.
It removes eligibility for parole for the worst repeat violent offenders and imposes maximum terms of imprisonment for people who repeatedly commit crimes.
Police Minister Judith Collins says it ensures the worst repeat violent criminals have less chance to re-offend and sends a message that parole is a privilege, not a right.
Forty serious offences have been named that are punishable by a maximum of seven years prison or more.
There has been much opposition to the bill, with Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party all saying it will do nothing to stop offending.
Who are the worst offenders: the criminals out there or those ratbags on the government benches?
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