The Justice Reinvestment Network Australia (JRNA) welcomes the $81.5 million investment for Justice Reinvestment announced in the Chalmers Federal Budget 2022.
The funding includes investment in community-led Justice Reinvestment initiatives to be delivered in partnership with First Nations communities, alongside the establishment of an independent Justice Reinvestment body.
Alanna Reneman, National Convenor and Advisor of JRNA, said “First Nations communities have been leading Justice Reinvestment initiatives around Australia for a decade. These communities alongside other First Nations communities interested in exploring Justice Reinvestment have always been constrained by inadequate funding. Excitingly, this investment represents a landmark shift in how government will support these communities to take charge of justice and other outcomes.”
Justice Reinvestment is an evidence-based approach to empowering and supporting First Nations community designed and led initiatives. Alanna states that “by empowering communities to build local solutions to local issues Justice Reinvestment works to create safer communities and positive pathways for our children and young people outside of the justice system.”
“Communities have been calling on government to provide funding for a Justice Reinvestment approach for years and this commitment signifies a positive step forward towards building stronger trust and partnerships between government and local First Nations communities.”
The Justice Reinvestment Network Australia is a collaboration between First Nations community members leading Justice Reinvestment, state Justice Reinvestment peak bodies, researchers, policy colleagues alongside Aboriginal-led and other non-government organisations supporting and advocating for Justice Reinvestment. The Network’s role is to directly support and advocate for a community-led model of Justice Reinvestment.
Justice Reinvestment Network Australia
P 0449 848 859
26 October 2022
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