Aimed at those who are found guilty of a second violent offence, having been found guilty of a prior serious violence offence, these minimum terms will be hefty and send a very loud message that we will come down heavily on those who think they can continue to defy the law and subject their fellow citizens to the indignity of violence, fear and intimidation.
“Our policy for mandatory minimum jail times is the biggest sentencing reform in Victoria’s history,” Ms Peulich said.
“Two years of the Andrews Labor Government has seen per capita cuts to police numbers right across Casey and a weakening of bail and sentencing laws that have exposed the municipality to the daily trauma of carjackings, home invasions, armed robberies and gang violence.”
Crime is up 15.5 per cent in the City of Casey for the year ending 2016. Assaults and related offences increased by 20.9 per cent, abduction and related offences by 15.6 per cent, robbery by 11.8 per cent, dangerous and negligent acts and endangering people by 46.4 per cent, arson by 82.9 per cent, burglary and breaking and entering by 31.3 per cent, theft by 17.8 per cent and public nuisance offences by 43.1 per cent.
“Casey residents have had enough of the Andrews government going soft on crime, it's time for a new approach, a tough approach, no more excuses, no more second chances, its two strikes and you’re in,” Ms Peulich said.
These changes are not only directed at violent gangs. They extend to all areas of our community where violence is all too prevalent. Domestic violence in Casey is rising and is a key area where it is absolutely vital to come down heavily on re-offenders. These laws would see recidivist domestic violence perpetrators go away for a long time.
“Mandatory jail times will be the most meaningful change to dealing with family violence in Casey and cowards who think they can keep getting away with family violence will likely be facing mandatory jail times of at least ten years,” Ms Peulich said.
This announcement is part of a broader suite of policies that will be needed to make the City of Casey safe, and joins earlier announcements by the Liberal Nationals on bail, sentencing, police resourcing and youth justice.
Further Information Contact: Inga Peulich MLC (03) 9772 1366