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Justice Reinvestment is an approach that supports and funds communities to find local solutions to local problems. It aims to reduce the disproportionately high rates of First Nations adults and young people in contact with the criminal justice system and to address the underlying causes of incarceration and recidivism.
Justice Reinvestment initiatives are:
On 27 February 2023, the NSW Government announced community consultation to expand Justice Reinvestment in Kempsey and Nowra. The expansion of Justice Reinvestment is part of the NSW Government’s $9.8 million investment over four years, announced in the 2022/23 Budget.
Kempsey and Nowra have been identified as new justice reinvestment sites as both experience significant crime-related issues can support justice reinvestment activities.
Extensive community consultation will occur in Kempsey and Nowra to ensure that Justice Reinvestment initiatives are led by community and supported by Aboriginal service partnerships.
The first Justice Reinvestment site in NSW, called Maranguka has been operating in Bourke since it was launched in 2013. Through Maranguka, the community created a local strategy and developed initiatives to achieve positive social outcomes and reduce offending, recidivism, and family violence.
The NSW Government is committed to working closely and collaboratively with Aboriginal communities to achieve the targets under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
Justice Reinvestment is aligned with the following Closing the Gap Targets:
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31 Aug 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.