The Government of South Australia has committed to implementing justice reinvestment trials in two locations.
Port Adelaide has been selected as a potential trial area. In order to get it right from the start, we need to consider what the community might think about it and how it might work.
In July and August 2015, the Attorney-General’s Department (with support from PwC’s Indigenous Consulting) began consultation with community members, service providers, government, non-government organisations and others about what a trial justice reinvestment project could look like for Port Adelaide. Further work is being undertaken to refine the scope of the trial and further engagement process.
What is justice reinvestment?
A local South Australian working definition of justice reinvestment has been developed with the Justice Reinvestment SA Working Group:
- Justice reinvestment aims to work with communities to reduce the cost of crime and victimisation through prevention and protection measures proven to strengthen public safety and social cohesion over the long term for future generations.
- Justice reinvestment is a transformative approach that addresses the root causes of crime based on the knowledge that a significant proportion of prisoners and offenders come from, and return to, a small number of communities.
In Australia, justice reinvestment has been advocated as an approach for addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner said in his 2014 report:
There are persuasive arguments for trialling this approach in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts given the high levels of over-representation and disadvantage faced by these communities. The principles of a justice reinvestment approach include localism, community control and better cooperation between local services. These also align with what we know about human rights-based practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery.
You can read more about justice reinvestment in Australia by accessing the related links on this page.
Related links and resources:
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Value of a justice reinvestment approach
- Parliament of Australia - Value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia