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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.

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Please help us to help the victims

In August 2018 Justice Minister Andrew Little held a Criminal Justice summit.

The proposed reforms the Justice minister wants to bring in to law include releasing more accused on bail and reducing the prison muster by 30% over 15 years, but Minister Little and Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis have been very vague about how they intend to achieve this. They will no doubt also try again to repeal the Three Strikes Law. We believe if his reforms go ahead it is very likely more crimes will be committed, and more victims created.

Remember, the victims who had their choices taken away from them and the lifelong consequences and pain inflicted by the offender. No more birthdays, no Christmas’s, their hopes and aspirations snuffed out, their future stolen and families torn apart. That is the reality for the victims and their families, living with the consequences of an offenders’ actions!

Please, take the time to read the stories of the victims of some of the most heinous crimes committed and what these people have to live with as a consequence.