25 Jun 2018

Relaxed bail laws won't endanger public - prison researcher

From Morning Report, 8:25 am on 25 June 2018

A researcher who crunched the numbers on bail believes relaxing the current system wouldn't lead to increased risk to the public. In 2013, the Bail Amendment Bill was passed to make it tougher for serious offenders to get bail following the murder of Auckland teenager, Christie Marceau in 2011. Now almost 1000 more people are remanded in custody than before the bail laws were tightened. A review of the bail laws is under way as increasing remand numbers have seen the prison population balloon. Researcher and PILLARS president, Liz Gordon talks to Susie Ferguson.