Abstract: This article critically reviews the “three-strikes” sentencingregime law that was introduced by the New Zealand Parliament in May 2010. The article addresses the fundamental question of whether it constitutes good law refl ecting sound penal policy, or does it represent an excessive penal response to the perceived problem of violent crime. It is asserted that no overarching benefi ts are provided beyond previously adopted sentencing options. It lacks a sound rationale and confl icts with existing and established sentencing principles.
Keywords: three strikes; New Zealand; California; serious offences; sentencing
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