I don't really see the need for expensive and time consuming forums, think tanks, meetings and inquiries into matters crime. So much is available in universities, libraries, and on the net about causes of crime that I think this is a waste of time and money.
What we need to do, and I thought about this as a PhD topic one day, is not theorise and opine on the causes of crime, rather we should find 50 or so New Zealanders from across the divides who have never committed a criminal offence (or at least been caught) and find out why they don't get involved in crime and why their upbringing and livelihood led them away from crime.
Then we just need to find the common factors (which in all likelihood will be factors such as strong and loving parenting including boundaries and discipline, being taught what is right from wrong, personal responsibility etc) and then use these factors for any discussion about our policy framework.
I reckon that's pretty easy. It's contrarian, but that's a good thing.
On another crime matter, I see Lew over at Kiwipolitico has emailed David Garrett about his "homosexual rape" comments on double bunking. The emails make interesting reading.
There is one thing about David Garrett that you all need to know: if the sky is blue, David will say the sky is blue. He is delightful from the point of view that he pulls no punches and leaves you in no doubt what his views are. Whether someone like that will make a successful politician is up for debate, but it's a great personal trait IMHO.
I don't necessarily agree with Garrett's views on crime and punishment but he makes his points well and should be commended for getting stuck in. A perfect ACT MP in my view.
There is nothing inherently wrong with double bunking and I reckon the excuse that it will lead to more cases of rape utterly false.
That's because, by definition, males cannot rape males.