Too many young people are getting caught up in the criminal justice system. Being locked up just makes things worse. People aren’t being given the chance to build a future.
About JR NSW
WHAT IS ‘JUSTICE REINVESTMENT’
Justice reinvestment is a way of reducing Aboriginal incarceration, by implementing strategies that address the drivers into the criminal justice system, led by the community and informed by data. These strategies contribute to broader systemic reform in education, health, care, and child protection.
THE ROLE OF JUST REINVEST NSW
OUR GOAL AND APPROACH
Just Reinvest NSW (JR NSW) supports Aboriginal communities to develop their own solutions for change, making them safer and more just. Our goal is to reduce Aboriginal People’s interactions with the criminal justice system.
We do this by creating stronger and safer futures through both community-led initiatives and state-wide policy and legislative reform, redirecting funds away from systems that harm people, towards communities with high rates of contact with the justice system.
We work alongside Aboriginal communities to support place-based, community-led and data driven approaches to inform local solutions, such as devising local ‘justice circuit-breakers’. Our place-based approach feeds into our broader policy and advocacy work to create levers for change. JR NSW brings together Aboriginal communities, government, agencies, philanthropic and private sector partners across political and cultural spectrums to leverage the justice reinvestment approach.
HOW WE OPERATE
Resources are placed in the hands of the community, funding local backbone teams, capability building and governance support, alongside strategic assistance from a supporting body. The below graphic sets out our phased approach to place-based justice reinvestment.
Phase 1: exploration
Phase 2: engagement, data collection, identification of justice circuit breakers
Phase 3: development of community strategy
Phase 4: implementation of community-led strategy
Phase 5: incorporation with ongoing support from JR NSW
RECOGNITION OF OUR WORK
2019 HESTA Community Organisation Award (Just Reinvest NSW)
2019 Australian Human Rights Commission Community Organisation Award (Just Reinvest NSW)
2015 National Rural Law and Justice Award (Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke
Active JR NSWCommunities
There are four Aboriginal communities across New South Wales who are currently working with their communities on their justice reinvestment strategies. JR NSW is also a member of the Justice Reinvestment Network of Australia (JRNA), which provides organisations and communities in other States and Territories who are already involved in JR initiatives an opportunity to coordinate and share their experiences across policy platforms.
JR NSW Strategic Plan 2020-2024
JR NSW Annual Report 2020-2021
JR NSW PARTNERSHIPS & SUPPORTERS
Just Reinvest NSW works in strategic partnerships with a number of critical stakeholders with the goal of creating circuit breakers including key government and non-government agencies, service providers, research institutes, and philanthropic actors with the ultimate goal of enabling sustainable systems change that reduces Aboriginal People’s interactions with the criminal justice system, including the following long-term partners.
JR NSW could not do what it does without the support of key philanthropic organisations and committed individual supporters who believe in sustainable change in communities and for individuals and families adversely impacted by the criminal justice system.