Civil detention planned

Otago Daily Times 15 March 2012
The Government will introduce tough new measures this year aimed at keeping at-risk offenders from the community, after calls from concerned groups yesterday. The imminent release of a Dunedin recidivist child abuser prompted groups to ask whether Justice Minister Judith Collins would honour her pledge to detain those offenders at greatest risk of reoffending. Ms Collins confirmed to the Otago Daily Times the Government would honour its pre-election pledge and introduce civil detention orders. “The Government is concerned about the release of high-risk offenders into the community; that is why we are in the process of developing civil detention orders.” This week it was revealed Graeme Murray Purvis (47), of Dunedin, who has served three and a-half years at an undisclosed prison location, has a statutory release date of Saturday, March 17. He was jailed for three years in 2009 for possessing, making and distributing images of child sexual abuse and rape, and attempting to sexually groom a vulnerable teenage girl. Purvis has been assessed as being a medium-high risk under the automated sexual recidivism scale, and has turned down rehabilitation to address his offending.

After confirmation of his release, Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie called on Ms Collins to honour a pre-election pledge of introducing civil detention orders. “The justice system owes it to the public that offenders are only released when the safety of families can be assured. As there is no guarantee in this case, and with the rejection of any rehabilitative work by the offender, we should not take the risk.”

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