Hard-hitting conservative columnist Dr Frank Shizenhausen returns with a powerful new column
There’s a petition under way to demand a toughening of our bail laws.
This is timely, because it has been a long time since we last had a debate on our bail laws—at least a couple of weeks.
Proponents of “Christie’s Law” want to make it harder for people presumed innocent to get bail. If they’ve got a history of violent crime or are charged with a violent offence punishable by more than two years’ imprisonment, bail would be automatically denied. Police would also have the right to veto a judge’s decision to grant bail, and judges would be reviewed on their performance and could be sacked if they were not protecting the public.
- Bail won’t be granted for anything punishable by imprisonment. Ever.
- Everything will be punishable by imprisonment.
- Offenders can be kept locked up indefinitely if the talkback community deem them too dangerous to release.
- Judges will be given performance bonuses every time they throw someone in the slammer. This might encourage some judges to throw the book at people who don’t deserve to go down, but if we want justice for victims of crime we just have to accept the need for occasional multiple injustices.
- The police veto rights proposed under Christie’s Law will be expanded gradually, so that the court system can be gradually phased out. The cost savings will mean we all pay less in taxes!
- We won’t need to build more prisons to accommodate the vastly expanded prison population. They will just have to squeeze more inmates into the existing facilities. If this means prisoners end up sleeping five to a cell then it serves them right. Maybe if they hadn’t been caught joining a union, reading the Koran or walking on my front lawn they wouldn’t be locked up in the first place.
I expect my proposals will lead to an outcry by lawyers and do-gooder groups, which is ironic considering that under Frank’s Law inmates will have around-the-clock access to legal representation. Because under Frank’s Law lawyers and their clients will be sharing cells.