Introduced and passed through all stages under Urgency on Feb 22. The bill follows a court judgment which cast doubt on the legality of some powers conferred under the Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Act 2015. The bill amends that law with the intention of putting all returning offenders in roughly the same position they would have been in had they offended in NZ. Accordingly, the Police will be able to collect information from returnees to establish their identity and support future investigations, and parole-like conditions will be available if a returnee has been deported after a prison sentence. Opposed by the Greens and Te Paati Māori.
Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Amendment Bill