Give them a life

not life in prison

Just Reinvest NSW is committed to addressing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in custody.

Build them a

Brighter future

We aim to influence the New South Wales Government to shift spending that has been allocated for prisons towards community-based programs and services that address the factors that contribute to criminal behaviour in young people.

We can unlock the

Pathway to change

Homelessness, child abuse, disability, high-risk drug and alcohol use, poor school attendance, a lack of appropriate services; violence, discrimination and poverty all act as precursors to young people becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system. There issues are difficult for Aboriginal young people to manage without help.

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.

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