Great line

In response to the suggestion by Chief Justice Elias that the reduce prison populations through a mass early release amnesty, gave an excellent response:

Justice Minister Simon Power said inmates would not get amnesties.

He also made a pointed remark about the role of the judiciary versus .

“This is not government . The Government was elected to set sentencing policy, judges are appointed to apply it.”

Indeed that is how it works. And it is not as if any prisoners server their full sentences anyway. Almost everyone gets out at two thirds of their sentence, and some even get out at one third. They already have lots out on early release.

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