The vast vast majority of those who get second or third strikes are hardened recidivist criminals. Labour is going to change the law so that they will get shorter sentences on their third and subsequent strikes and be eligible for parole despite a lifetime of offending and ignoring parole conditions.
The three strikes law actually saw reoffending rates drop. It did act as a deterrent for some, and for those it didn’t – it kept us safer from them by stopping the merry-go-round of short sentences and early releases.
Labour will regret repealing this law as more New Zealanders end up victims of serious recidivist criminals.