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The Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people was launched on 2 May 2012, by the Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Working Group.
The campaign is based in New South Wales (NSW), with the mission of shifting funding invested in prisons back into communities by implementing justice reinvestment programs. The campaign strives for the implementation of a justice reinvestment policy by the NSW Government, as well as the establishment of a Justice Reinvestment Advisory Group.
The launch of the campaign highlights that prevention, early intervention, and diversion are the keys to building safe communities, and to reducing over-representation by Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.
The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples co-chair Les Malezer said the failure to close the gap in the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the juvenile justice system shows that current strategies are ineffectual.
'The national rate of detention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in juvenile justice is 28 times that of non-Aboriginal people,' he said.
Congress also says the Government should give serious consideration to the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care's call for a Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Commissioner, backed by specific legislation.
Source: Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Working Group and National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples