carr's mandatory sentencing = more prisons

Tuesday, 17 September 2002 NSWCCL media release: 8/2002


President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Mr Cameron Murphy, today warned NSW taxpayers to expect more prisons and an enormous social cost from Carr's mandatory sentencing package. 

Mr Murphy said: 

"It's a simple equation: tougher sentences mean more prisons." 

"Bob Carr's latest announcement of a prison in Wellington is directly linked to his mandatory sentencing package announced two weeks ago." 

"Tax payers are entitled to ask: How are we going to pay for all this?" 

"The social cost of Bob Carr's latest sentencing exploits will be felt for years." 

"Every new prison announced by this government means less money for schools, roads and hospitals." 

"This government has made a virtue of locking up young offenders - sometimes merely for property theft - and wantonly building prisons around the state." 

"In many ways Bob Carr's policy goes further than the Coalitions and therefore we can expect more disgraceful prisons from this Labor government." 

"It even applies to juveniles and property crime." 

"I am sickened that government no longer looks toward sensible alternatives such as rehabilitation."

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