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Sensible Sentencing encompasses two very distinct trusts and purposes

The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT) is a charitable trust with the specific purpose of supporting victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide.

We serve to educate the public as to the plight of these victims and to ensure such victims and their families are fully aware of their rights and entitlements, providing both education and practical support during their time of trauma. All charitable donations received by this trust fund our volunteers to assist with such things as educating these victims regarding their rights and entitlements, emotional and practical support during pre-trial court hearings, criminal justice trials and parole board hearings.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) is distinct to the SSGT and is also a registered charitable trust but, unlike the SSGT, does not have donee status with the IRD.

This is because this trust unashamedly exists to advocate on behalf of the victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide in New Zealand, with a view to ensuring effective sentencing and penal policies that reduce re-offending and ultimately keep the public safe. All donations received by this trust assist our volunteers to travel to meet with politicians about the SST’s policy wishlist (such as bail and parole reform, Three Strikes and public Offender Databases – see more here), attend select committee sessions, educate our membership database regarding SST policies and activities, and run lobbying campaigns such as Christie’s Law.

Latest News

June 2018 Newsletter

Build Families or Build Prisons, Housing of High Risk Sex Offenders in Our Communities, New Zealand’s claim to shame worsens as child abuse keeps growing, Abolishing the right to silence, Support for Three Strikes, The Gluckman report, Grief is multifaceted and is much more than just sadness, Important fundraiser

June 28, 2018

December 2017 Newsletter

Public Safety v Ideology, SST says Three-Strikes working well, Three-Strikes – comparisons with California are misleading, Catch-and-Release and the Revolving-Prison-Door, My life changed forever, Application for funding to the Ministry of Justice Victim Centre, Introducing our two new Public Awareness & Education speakers and our 2018 Fundraiser

December 20, 2017

Mid Year 2017 Newsletter

Moral and Fiscal Failure, Sex offenders in our community, From the Youth desk, Justice for Moko, The Impact of Crime on Families, Membership Drive, A Night with Graham Henry and Community Sponsorship

June 6, 2017


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