TAKE ACTION – Build Communities, Not Prisons!
We are calling on State & Federal Governments to support community-led justice reinvestment
The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is delivering real outcomes for the Aboriginal community of Bourke. Domestic violence-related assaults are down by 39%. Driving offences are down by 35%. 236 more people now have their licence. The number of young people charged with driving without a licence is down by 72%.
The achievements of Bourke resulted in $3.1 million savings to the Government in 2017 and will save another $7 million over 5 years.
SIGN THE PETITION & ADD YOUR VOICE TO CALLS FOR
- Funding for community-led justice reinvestment initiatives
- Establishment of an independent organisation to provide technical & strategic assistance & on the ground support to communities
- Policy and legislative reforms to reduce the prison population and free up resources for reinvestment in communities
- A sustainable funding model to ensure ‘reinvestment’ of savings into community-led initiatives.
Raise your voice
We need your help to raise awareness about the need for justice reinvestment. You can raise your voice by:
- writing to and meeting your local MP
- promoting Just Reinvest NSW and justice reinvestment online
- engaging your local community around the need for justice reinvestment
- engaging with local media.
We can provide you with materials (below) and happy to provide support along the way.
Contact your local Member
Find your local Member or local candidates and send them a letter asking them to support justice reinvestment. You can use this template letter but please personalise the message – the more personal it is, the more impact it will have.
Here is another template letter urging government to take action to implement the ALRC’s Pathways to Justice recommendations.
Understand what’s happening in your local community
Use the JR Calculator to help you understand what’s happening in your local area. Are there too many kids being incarcerated? How much is being spent on locking people up from your local area? Could that money be more wisely spent by providing much needed services in your community, to prevent crime occurring in the first place?
Organise a community forum on justice reinvestment
We may be able to provide assistance in organising a community forum on justice reinvestment. We have speakers who may be able to present and/or facilitate a community meeting, and we have powerpoint presentations to help explain justice reinvestment. Contact us
Link up your community leaders with our Champions
We may be able to provide assistance in linking your community with Indigenous leaders and Champions to learn more about justice reinvestment. Contact us
Write an article
Write an article or a letter to your local newspaper on why justice reinvestment is a better way of doing things. Write a blog for your website.
Lobby or phone
Lobby your local member and let them know you support justice reinvestment. We may be able to provide assistance in gaining political support for change in your community. Contact us
Talk to your family, friends and colleagues
Our top suggested talking points are:
- We are in a crisis. Aboriginal young people now make up over 50% of the juvenile prison population in NSW, and are 28 times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention than non-Aboriginal young people. Yet Aboriginal young people make up less than 3% of the population.
- NSW cannot afford to ignore Justice Reinvestment approaches. It costs over $1000 day to imprison one young person in NSW. At a fraction of the cost a young person could be provided with access to mental health services, case workers, youth development programs, employment and training programs, or with rehabilitation programs in local communities.
- We are in danger of losing an entire generation of Aboriginal young people.
Learn more about justice reinvestment
Provide a gift of a donation
Just Reinvest NSW receives no ongoing funding so we rely on generous donations from people like you to continue to raise awareness about justice reinvestment and how governments can become smart on crime, rather than tough on crime. Donate today
Just Reinvest NSW relies on volunteers. We are looking for expertise in all sorts of areas including research, policy, communications, community engagement, IT and so on. Join today by sending your CV and a letter explaining how your skills may benefit us.
We accept interns in the areas of law, research, policy, media, communications, community engagement, and events. Other areas of study may also be accepted. All of our internships are undertaken on a voluntary basis, and are usually project based. Please send your CV and a cover letter today.
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