Time for action now.
This was the signal from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith yesterday following Wednesday’s passage of the controversial Bail (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.
Dropping the “net” on criminals by restricting bail access.
That’s what Government hopes to achieve with tomorrow’s debate on the Bail (Amendment) bill for which Parliament has been recalled following the recent crime crisis.
The government has announced plans to amend the Bail Act to make it harder for offenders of firearm and other serious crimes to access bail.
The sweeping legislation would require the support of the Opposition as it will need a special majority of the Parliament.
The legislation will include:
* 1st offence with a firearm, no bail for up to 120 days
For those who are already on bail, and commits a crime, the legislation will seek to ensure that NO BAIL is given.
The following are the categories of crime outlined by the minister.