A senior policeman is urging the NSW Government to back an independent program aimed at keeping young Aboriginal people out of jail.
From ABC News: “Just Reinvest” is a trial running in Bourke in the state’s far west as well as Cowra in the central west.
The trial is sponsored by the state’s Aboriginal Legal Service.
The idea is that the $500 a day spent on keeping juveniles in custody would be better spent on community programs to prevent crime.
Superintendent Greg Moore from Darling River Police is a big supporter, arguing there are alternatives to locking people up.
“Rather than break up families by sending children or adults away for stints in jail,” he said.
Bourke Police have been making videos with teenagers with anti-crime messages and are finding alternative punishments to jail for certain offences.
Watch the short films produced by Aboriginal children and young people from Bourke.