Our message is simple
Justice Reinvestment is a smarter, cost-effective approach to criminal justice.
A justice reinvestment model will:
- Address the shameful over representation of Aboriginal young people in custody in NSW
- Give young Aboriginal people a chance at life – not a life in prison
- Empower communities to build their capacity and resilience
- Generate taxpayer savings which can be redirected towards disadvantaged communities where crime is a major issue
We aim to convince the New South Wales Government to adopt a Justice Reinvestment approach to Aboriginal young people and their communities.
We are motivated by some sobering facts:
- In New South Wales, Aboriginal young people make up just 2.2% of the general population, but over half of the detention population.
- Aboriginal young people are also 28 times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention than non-Aboriginal young people.
- The NSW Audit Office reported that the 2011 average daily cost of supervising and caring for juvenile offenders in detention was $652 per person per day or $237,980 annually.
We simply cannot afford NOT to implement a Justice Reinvestment approach. And we cannot afford to lose another generation of Aboriginal people.