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Reintegration Puzzle conference

Members of our Northern Territory and adult justice program teams presented at the Reintegration Puzzle conference in Darwin in June.

Jesuit Social Services staff at the Reintegration Puzzle conference

The conference focused on the role identity and culture play in reintegration after prison.

Elle Jackson, our Manager – Justice Programs NT (second from left) presented on restorative justice approaches and the Youth Justice Group Conferencing program we run in parts of the Northern Territory.

“Group conferencing creates an opportunity for dialogue between members of a community affected by conflict – it’s a process of truth telling and problem solving,” she said.

Elle outlined that the program is well received by both young people and victims of crime, with 66 per cent of young people reporting improvements in health and wellbeing after participating in a group conference and that more than 70 per cent of victims described the process as ‘very fair.’

Suzette James-Nevell, Manager Adult Justice Programs (centre), spoke about the ReConnect program which supports people exiting prison across metropolitan Melbourne. A nurse has been embedded within ReConnect to address complex health needs and poor health outcomes.