New ‘Demerit Points System’ Will Seriously Combat Youth Crime

New Zealand First is proposing a radical overhaul of the youth justice system in a new member’s bill which will introduce a demerit points system for youth offenders.
“This type of demerit points system structure will outline stricter enforcement measures similar to what is effectively used with traffic offences,” says Social Development Spokesperson Darroch Ball.

“In the current youth justice system large numbers of youth think they can get away scot-free and face few, if any, real consequences – our new demerit points system will combat that.

“There will be tiered levels of consequences depending on the type of crime and the number of demerit points accrued.

“The bill will make sure youth offenders are held to account for their actions swiftly and early. It identifies those who need guidance sooner and provides them with support.

“It also gives ‘one-time offenders’ an opportunity to learn from their mistakes.

“Police will no longer have one hand tied behind their backs when dealing with these persistent and serious offenders, and they will avoid the ‘catch and release’ scenarios that currently frustrate them,” says Mr Ball.

One thought on “New ‘Demerit Points System’ Will Seriously Combat Youth Crime

  • April 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I believe the demerit system is good but it would seem it’s rather ineffective. I’d like to remind you of the crushing of a car by MP Judith Collins. This was because of street racing and general bad behaviour. It was extreme punishment and it worked. Street racing seems to have disappeared. Now, we can’t crush the youth who commit crime, no matter how much we’d like to. The point is that the action Mrs. Collins took was radical and shocking – it seems it shocked enough bad youngsters to the point that thus far it has not been necessary to crush any more vehicles.
    I believe this is what they need – the very first infringement of, say, a shoplifting event should be dealt with using very real severity – a month minimum in the cells with no TV, no outside contact but plenty of good books to help them to grow up. They’d read them as soon as they got bored enough and might even learn something, might even get interested in reading which could only be a good thing. Perhaps this is part of the problem – they don’t read or if they do, it’s possibly just sleazy magazines.
    Just my thoughts. I’d be prepared to help with any of that, find books of the right sort, some good magazines etc.


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