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Sensible Sentencing Trust
Sensible Sentencing Trust was started up in March 2001 by my wife Anne and I as an outcome of the Mark Middleton case, with the help of a number of other New Zealanders dedicated to putting the legal system to rights so that the victim comes before the offender. I have written the vast bulk of the press releases, along with much material for the newsletters. I am also the Chairman and National spokesman of the Trust. The Trust is not necessarily an independent body, but it is strictly a non-political and voluntary group – no one here is paid.
The go-to guy when the talk turns to getting tough on crime, for a Hawke’s Bay farmer with no previously known moral convictions, McVicar has built a national profile with impressive efficiency since founding the Sensible Sentencing Trust five years ago in protest of the recidivism of violent offenders. He and his team, including wife Anne, have firmly put longer sentences, victims’ rights and less lenient prisons on the justice reform agenda. The Corrections Minister even took McVicar with him to Europe earlier this year. Not that the current government has accepted all the Trust’s ideas – but if National gets in next time, look out.
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