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Policy & Advocacy

A Justice Reinvestment Framework for NSW

A justice reinvestment approach underpinned by community led, place based, data driven solutions and focused on supporting people before issues arise will deliver better social and economic outcomes for NSW.

We are calling for:

  • A multi-partisan approach to developing and implementing a justice reinvestment framework for NSW
  • Funding to support community-led justice reinvestment initiatives and the establishment of an independent justice reinvestment body to provide on-the-ground support and data for community-led justice reinvestment initiatives
  • Implementation of policy and legislative reforms to reduce the prison population and free up resources for reinvestment in communities
  • A ‘reinvestment’ funding model to ensure sustainable funding for community-led solutions.

NSW Election 2019 – Policy Platform

In the lead up to the NSW state election in March 2019, we’ve developed a pre-election Policy Platform.

We are calling on the NSW Government to:

Support community-led solutions to break the cycle of offending and build vibrant futures for children and young people.

  1. Allocate $15 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for three new community-led justice reinvestment initiatives across NSW.
  2. Provide $5 million over 5 years from the corrections budget for the establishment of an independent NSW justice reinvestment body overseen by a board with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership.

Implement reforms to reduce the prison population and shift spending away from building prisons to building safer, stronger communities.

  1. Commit to policy and legislative reforms to immediately reduce the prison population in NSW, including those proposed in the Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper: Smarter Sentencing and Parole Law Reform, as well as adequate resourcing to ensure effective implementation of the sentencing and parole law reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.
  2. Report annually on projected and actual costs and savings associated with the implementation of sentencing and parole law reforms and driver disqualification reforms in the NSW Criminal Justice Reform Package.


Policy Papers

In 2017, we launched Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper #1: Smarter Sentencing & Parole Law Reform identifying three key legislative and policy reforms to reduce the rising prison population in NSW, particularly the Aboriginal population.

We also developed background papers on each of those proposals:

Policy Paper #1: Proposal 1

Policy Paper #1: Proposal 2

Policy Paper #1: Proposal 3




Submission to the Council of Attorneys-General on Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group Review

Submission to the House Standing Committee on Employment Education and Training- Education in Remote and Complex Environments


Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission on Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights

Submission to Productivity Commission’s Indigenous Evaluation Strategy Project

Just Reinvest NSW Submission to Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry

Submission to NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’

Submission to Orana Haven on the Use of Yetta Dhinnakkal Facility


Submission to NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety Inquiry into the Adequacy of Youth Diversionary Programs in NSW


Pre-Budget Submission 2018-2019

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Submission to NSW Inquiry into the provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote NSW

Submission to Review of Community Legal Centre Services


Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

Submission to the Independent Review of Youth Detention

Submission to Inquiry into Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia

Submission to Inquiry into Economic Development in Aboriginal Communities


Submission to Federal Senate Inquiry into access to legal assistance services (2015)

Submission to Federal Inquiry into the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia (2013)