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Ranns Law Targets Repeat Offenders
LAWS to allow judges to impose longer jail sentences on
serious repeat offenders will be
unveiled in Parliament today.
The new laws will give judges the
odiscretionary power to declare people
"serious repeat offenders" so they can
be locked up longer.
Premier Mike Rann said yesterday the
move would help bring down the state's
crime rates and make the streets safer.
"While they are locked away they
won't be invading our homes, selling
illegal drugs or burning down buildings," Mr Rann said,
"I am confident that this attack on the
worst criminals will bring down crime
rates and make our streets safer."
Mr Rann said statistics showed most
crimes were committed by a very small
percentage of criminals.
"We intend to take those recidivists
off the streets and then keep them off
for much longer periods," he said.
'Longer Prison Terms For Repeat offences'
Mr Rann said if the
laws had been in effect
last year they would
have helped put away 34
criminals, or 10 per cent
of serious offenders, for
longer jail terms.
Michael Atkinson said
not only would serious
repeat offenders "cop
tougher sentencing" but
they would also be made
to serve a larger proportion of their jail term
before parole could be
''We are making sure
the courts have the
ability to make life
harder for criminals
while making South
Australians feel safer by
getting the culprits off
the streets." Mr
A serious repeat offender is defined as
someone who must be
convicted of at least
three offences which are
punishable by a maximum five-year jail term
or more. Those offences
should have arisen from
three separate incidents
and have resulted in imprisonment.
The declaration of a
serious repeat offender
will not apply to young
offenders and courts will
have the discretion to
decide whether or not it
should be applied to
those who meet the
Mr Atkinson said once
a person was declared a
repeat offender, the
court could impose a
sentence that was more
than proportional to the
seriousness of the particular offence,
He said the non-parole
period that was set must
also be at least 80 per
cent of the length of the
Under the proposed
new laws, a serious repeat offender facing a
10-year jail sentence
would have a fixed non-parole period of eight
years while a five-year
jail sentence would at
tract a four-year non-parole period.
Adelaide Advertiser (Feb 2003)
Greg Kelton-State Political Reporter
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