Unlike other countries, New Zealand does not have a government managed system of public access to criminal records, however SST strongly believes that this is a priority to protect the public and help keep offenders accountable for their criminal actions.(more)
 We do not use ‘at large’ in its strict legal sense, but more to denote that the offender concerned is out in the community and not either in prison or on home detention. This is because from the viewpoint of the public their primary concern is ‘is this person able to reside in and freely move about in my community?’ rather than ‘is this person on parole or under supervision in my community?’.(more)
 Given the number of times offenders have re-offended whilst on parole, bail or ‘under supervision’ (a meaningless phrase given the limited resources of the probation service) we prefer to look at this from the perspective of the public and of the offender’s victims, rather from the perspective of the legal system.(more)

One of the purposes of the database is to enable the public (and often victims) to better manage risk to themselves and their families. For this purpose the legal distinctions between ‘at large’ in its strictly legal sense and ‘at large’ in the practical sense of the actual whereabouts of the offender are largely meaningless.(more)





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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.
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 the 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 the 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 offenders database), attend select committee sessions, educate our membership database regarding SST policies and activities, and run lobbying campaigns such as Christies’s Law.
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