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Maori and Pacific Islanders hardest hit by NZ 'three strikes' law

Maori and Pacific Islanders hardest hit by NZ 'three strikes' law

Updated 4 December 2012, 12:05 AEST

It's something you'd hear in baseball -- three strikes and you're out.

But in recent years it's also become associated with the legal system in Australia and in other countries around the world.

Three strikes system means that after three criminal convictions -- no matter how big or small -- you're guaranteed some time behind bars.

New Zealand has had three strikes laws in place since 2010.

And a new report has found almost two-thirds of the people caught up by the three strikes laws are Maoris and Pacific Islanders.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Dr James Oleson, Department of Sociology, University of Auckland

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