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That's because your total prison term includes any time you've already been in prison waiting to find out how long you'll have to stay in prison.

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Answering that requires a very quick and simplistic explanation of what the Court decided.

Let's say you are arrested, charged and held on remand (in custody) for crime A.

Then, after you've been held on remand for a while, you are also charged with crime B.

When you eventually get convicted and sentenced for both crimes A and B, Corrections were calculating your prison release date for crime A from the point at which you first were charged with crime A.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has strongly indicated the Government will change the law after a ruling that some criminals have been locked up too long, and said the chances of compensation are "remote". It's probably not a good sign that my post-two-glasses-of-wine cynicism about the knee jerk responses of politicians to inconvenient court rulings forms a reliable predictor of actual practice.

So why exactly (aside from the obvious optics issue of giving money to criminals) is the Government considering squashing any chances of compensation as a result of the Supreme Court's decision?

Now, I should note that Corrections isn't really at fault here.

The lower courts gave their blessing to the way it was calculating release dates in a bunch of earlier cases.

This theoretical position is ...a fairy tale in which no one any longer believes ... But while the underlying myth has been rejected, its progeny - the retrospective effect of a change made by judicial decision - remain.

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