NAAJA and NTCOSS are currently conducting a justice reinvestment (JR) project in Katherine through funding provided by the NT Law Society. JR is a strategy seen as having real potential to contain escalating rates of Indigenous incarceration, particularly through its focus on building local community capacity to tackle underlying causes of offending. The project is at this stage consulting with the community of Katherine to identify its level of interest in introduction of JR initiatives specifically designed to tackle offending by young Indigenous people and what those initiatives might look like. JR initiatives might focus (for example) on substance abuse, engagement with school, family support and/or reform of the criminal justice system.
More information about Justice Reinvestment is available at: http://justicereinvestment.unsw.edu.au/ or http://www.justreinvest.org.au/ or contact Fiona Allison on 0411708619 or email: [email protected]