Burton released within 9 months of eligibility

January 13th, 2007 at 11:44 pm by David Farrar

I had thought that the parole system had at least kept Burton in jail for a few years longer than the minimum, based on his life sentence for murder in 1992 meaning a non parole term of 10 years until 2002. But I find out from Kerre Woodham that he got three extra years for his prison break, so 2005 was pretty much the earliest he was eligible. They only delayed his release a few months – this is the problem with parole – people get released near automatically unless they have been stabbing prison guards etc. The balance of proof for parole needs to be changed so that one needs to have behaved exceptionally throughout your time in prison. One prison escape should rule out any chance of early parole. Also it seems that the Parole Board (according to Dom Post) only looks at the most recent behaviour (months rather than years) so it is relatively easy for prisoners to just pretend to be rehabilitated as they approach their parole eligibility date.

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11 Responses to “Burton released within 9 months of eligibility”

  1. hayman () says:

    Reading between the lines of the Parole Boards 3 reports , you almost can see a “setup” in the making.

    First there is no ” current psychological report” for them to read. This is amazing as to incompetence, and wasting the valuable time of the PB. The reasons may really not be obvious till the last report when it finally “appears”

    Next time Burton is declined immediate parole since the pre-release “hasn’t happened”. My guess is that they knew he would abscond immediately .

    So again Burton has to appear before the PB, twice before the corrections cant even follow the directions to get the paperwork or pre conditions organised but at last the Psychologist report ‘appears’ and we now know why it didn’t seem to turn up previously. There is an ‘unsubstantiated allegation.’
    This is why they tried to hide the report previously and why other documentation doesn’t mention this. No doubt it was some sort of violence that involved Burton which the rest of corrections covered up.

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  2. Dean Knight () says:

    DPF:

    I don’t think that’s right.

    I’m not an expert of sentencing and parole, and the legislation is hard to follow for offenders sentenced under earlier regimes. However, from what I can discern, the non-parole period is calculated as follows:

    - 10 years, for the life sentence for murder:
    - 1 year, for the 3 year additional sentence for escaping (in the case of long-term sentences of 12 months or more, offenders must serve at least one third of their sentence before they become eligible for parole). I’m presuming this was a cumulative sentence.

    These non-parole terms then become added together to give a non-parole term of 11 years.

    Therefore he became eligible for parole in 2003.

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  3. TIC () says:

    Why blame the Parole Board, it is all the government’s operation, they pressure the parole board and everyone to keep prison numbers down as there is such a pressure on the number of people in prison.

    So look at a whole raft of policies where the public is short changed over justice because Labour since 1985 has been softening up the justice system.

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  4. baxter () says:

    Clearly the answer is to scrap parole and the parole board. why do we now need a parole board to decide length of sentence when we now have another board to advise judges on what penalty they should impose, then the Judges impose that penalty knowing it is going to be cut by two thirds by the parole board. Better surely to have a truthful sentence imposed which is served in full. The Judge (or the board which advises judges on sentences} can then impose additional time for bad behaviour. Much better for prison discipline and rehabilitation I would have thought.

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  5. heytalei () says:

    I met a girl last week whose boyfriend was in prison the same time
    Burton was during his two years of “good behaviour”. While inside
    Burton stabbed her boyfriend mulitple times, smashed all of his front
    teeth out and left him in intensive care. This was because the
    boyfriend refused to share his drugs with Burton. No undue risk to the
    community?! He was a violent drug addict months before his release!Not
    what I’d call good behaviour…

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  6. Andy () says:

    Having previously worked for the Department of Corrections in Rimutaka Prison, none of this surprises me.

    The Public Prison Service is a web of corruption and incompetence!

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  7. Andy () says:

    Having previously worked for the Department of Corrections in Rimutaka Prison, none of this surprises me.

    The Public Prison Service is a web of corruption and incompetence!

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  8. Andy () says:

    Having previously worked for the Department of Corrections in Rimutaka Prison, none of this surprises me.

    The Public Prison Service is a web of corruption and incompetence!

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  9. Andy () says:

    Having previously worked for the Department of Corrections in Rimutaka Prison, none of this surprises me.

    The Public Prison Service is a web of corruption and incompetence!

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  10. Andy () says:

    Having previously worked for the Department of Corrections in Rimutaka Prison, none of this surprises me.

    The Public Prison Service is a web of corruption and incompetence!

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