Note – loaded heading by Dominion Post
Dominion Post 11 May 2012
Dangerous child sex offenders are to be caged indefinitely in purpose-built pens behind the wire, after Cabinet gave the green light to new public protection orders. The move comes as the Government yesterday introduced tough new bail laws to fulfil National’s pre-election law and order pledges. Justice Minister Judith Collins said Cabinet had signed off on public protection orders, and she expected to introduce related legislation to Parliament at the end of the year. Under the proposals, authorities would apply to the High Court for an order – and offenders would be able to ask for a review. The proposals would apply to a small number of “incredibly dangerous” sex offenders – estimated at between five and 12 in a decade – assessed as being at risk of sexual or violent reoffending. Ms Collins said extended supervision orders – by which an offender on release would be monitored 24 hours a day – were not adequate.
……Officials were working on proposals likely to see the offenders housed in “something like a flatting situation … in one of our prisons where there is large amounts of land”, she said.