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Stanton, David

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I propose to share time with Deputy Tom Hayes. I welcome the Bill, which is timely if not overdue. It shows we are becoming more progressive in our dealings with the criminal justice system. I a...More Button

If someone makes a minor mistake resulting in a conviction, having paid a fine or served a sentence, the conviction stays with the person for the rest of his or her life. If that is the case, it...More Button

Looking at the wider criminal justice system, the number of people we are incarcerated every year is frightening. In 2011, the total number incarcerated was 13,900. The prisons cannot accommoda...More Button

I recently visited the community courts in New York and I was amazed at how they operate. Crime in New York has dropped dramatically. I met many experts and they are not sure why it happened, w...More Button

Recidivism has dropped from 80% to 18% in New York and the number of people hanging around the streets, who were causing all sorts of problems, has also dropped. Justice is immediate. The comm...More Button

Some ten years ago, work was done in Dublin to establish a similar system here. As Chairman of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence, I will ask my colleagues to examine this. It...More Button

The model we have in Ireland is called the drug treatment courts. There is one in Dublin and it has been very successful. I commend those working there. The Minister for Justice and Equality, ...More Button

The US has a Centre for Court Innovation and there is also a branch in London. We could benefit from their experience, knowledge and success to date. I welcome the Bill and encourage the Minist...More Button

If someone comes to the attention of the Garda Síochána or is arrested in possession of a small amount of marijuana or cannabis, the person must be prosecuted if he or she is an adult. In other ...More Button

Where this has happened in other jurisdictions the success rate has been extremely high. People who have drug problems who are sent to jail, and even people who do not, might end up being in a wor...More Button

In respect of people who are sent to prison there is often a "hang 'em and flog 'em" view. Certainly, as Deputy Harris has said, people who are dangerous and have committed serious offences must...More Button

Finland has decreased its prison population by 25% by using very progressive methods such as those that I and others mentioned. The justice committee will launch a report on this area in two wee...More Button

On the last occasion I spoke in the House, I referred to the issue of alcohol abuse. The number of people who are committing public order offences because of alcohol abuse is huge. I said then,...More Button