Justice Reinvestment in Northern Australia

Allison, Fiona, and Cunneen, Chris (2018) Justice Reinvestment in Northern Australia. Report. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper looks at justice issues, and in particular, the potential implementation of Justice Reinvestment (or 'JR') in Northern Australia. To date, crime and criminal justice have been absent from discussions on developing Northern Australia, despite the fact that the Northern Territory (NT) has the highest imprisonment rate in Australia, followed by Western Australia (WA) (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017) and that building and operating prisons constitute significant infrastructure and recurrent costs. The paper begins with a description of JR, which has emerged as a major policy alternative to the current emphasis on the increasing use of imprisonment. It discusses the origins of JR in the USA and the growing interest in recent years in its introduction in Australia. Key elements of JR are explained, as well as its particular importance for Indigenous people. We discuss various projects already implementing JR or exploring the potential to do so, including in Northern Australia. The paper concludes with analysis of challenges to progressing JR, with some focus on Northern Australia.

Item ID: 54790
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-9954471-1-0
Keywords: justice reinvestment; northern Australia; criminal justice; imprisonment
Copyright Information: Licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 23:45
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law @ 30%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160204 Criminological Theories @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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