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The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples recently welcomed a Senate Inquiry to investigate the implementation of justice reinvestment in Australia.
On 26 November 2012, the Senate referred an inquiry on the 'value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia' to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committees for investigation. The Committee will produce a report on the results of the Inquiry by 16 May 2013, after providing an opportunity for the public to have their views considered on the proposed justice reinvestment approach.
The concept of justice reinvestment in Australia is pioneered by the Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Working Group, who launched the NSW Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people was launched in May 2012. The mission of the campaign is to shift funding invested in prisons back into communities by implementing justice reinvestment programs.
The Inquiry is supported by other leading advocacy groups, including Congress member organisations and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. Congress Co-Chair, Les Malezer, said the time is right to take this important step.
'Congress believes that justice reinvestment provides a solid future direction for justice policy in Australia and it is one of the key recommendations of our recently released justice policy.
'This Inquiry can look into its feasibility and the mechanisms by which it can be implemented into justice policy across Australia,' Mr Malezer said.
Co-Chair Malezer encourages organisations and individuals concerned about administration of justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to respond to this Inquiry with their submissions and representations.
In taking into consideration this matter for report, the Inquiry will make particular reference to:
Interested individuals and organisations can obtain further information by contacting the Committee, or accessing the links below.
Source: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6277 3560
Fax: (02) 6277 5794