Not a balanced story

The Stuff story on Labour’s plans to repeal the three strikes law is a great example of an unbalanced story. Here’s what struck me about it:

  • The main example used from the thousands who have had one or more strikes, is the one about the guy given seven years for grabbing a prison guard’s bottom. No examples about serious rapists and bashers who are in prison for longer due to it
  • The other example just quotes a Judge saying he thought the sentence as too long, and omits that the person has six convictions for serious violent or sexual offending
  • Quotes two opponents of the law, and only David Seymour in defence. No attempt presumably for comment from Sensible Sentencing Trust
  • Ignores data that fewer violent offenders have gone on to reoffend since three strikes came into force

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