Alf looks forward to returning home at the end of the week to bask in the acclamation of his mates in the Eketahuna Club. They are tough on law and order and will be chuffed about the passage of some legislation dealing with parole hearings.
The Bill was aimed at reducing the number of unnecessary parole hearings for offenders who still pose a threat to the community.
It increases the maximum interval between hearings from one year to two years. For serious offenders on indeterminate sentences – such as life imprisonment or preventive detention – or sentences of 10 or more years, the maximum time between parole hearings increases from three to five years.
The Bill also includes a range of measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the parole system.
Helped by an “aye” vote from Alf, it passed its third and final reading in Parliament last night.