Flourishing Communities: Taking lessons from place-based approaches, justice reinvestment and social cohesion

Making Australian communities safer requires something more than the current policies on offer. The ever-increasing amount of money poured into prisons is not making us safer and could be put to much better use. Overlapping lessons drawn from place-based approaches to addressing disadvantage, justice reinvestment and social cohesion strategies reveal the ‘better use’ to which we could put that money.

In our paper – Flourishing Communities: Taking lessons from place-based approaches, justice reinvestment and social cohesion – we call for solutions that:

·         are preventative

·         are targeted at geographically-defined communities

·         engage with and build capacity in local communities

·         are long-term

·         are data-driven

·         facilitate multi-sector involvement

·         build local social cohesion.

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