What is justice reinvestment?
“Justice Reinvestment is an internationally recognised approach that focuses on transforming justice services and systems to focus on prevention and early intervention with the intent of reducing incarceration. Justice Reinvestment is a framework or methodology that seeks to tackle the rising rates of imprisonment through a community development approach: enabling local communities to identify and implement initiatives and strategies likely to have some impact on reducing incarceration. A key component of Justice Reinvestment involves the diversion of a portion of correctional funding used to incarcerate people, to instead be spent inside that community to enact positive change – both in and out of the justice system.”
– Smith, J., Allison, F., Christie, B., Clifford, S., Robertson, K., Ireland, S. & Wallace, T. (2019). Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment: Final Report. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research.
Watch a short clip on Justice Reinvestment put together by the Australian Attorney General’s Department below.