Three strikes, you're out? Minister won't play ball on stricter laws

  • 1998-10-08
  • Rebecca Santana
TALLINN - The answer to Estonia's growing crime rate does not lie in the tougher sentencing laws proposed by the People's Party, said Estonian Minister of Justice Paul Varul.Under a bill proposed by the People's Party, judges would be required to assign longer sentences to convicted criminals, but Varul said that getting tough on criminals isn't the answer. "Harsh sentences are not the way to reduce crime," said Varul. "There is no direct connection between long term sentences and criminality in society."The conflict over punishment versus prevention has become more important as Estonia's c...
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