Justice reinvestment diverts some of the money spent on locking people up and puts it into communities where there is a high concentration of young offenders, reinvesting the funds into education, programs and services that address the underlying causes of crime in these communities.
The inquiry will look at a number of issues, including:
- the economic and social costs of imprisonment,
- the over-representation of disadvantaged groups within Australian prisons, and
- the cost, availability and effectiveness of alternatives to imprisonment, including prevention, early intervention, diversionary and rehabilitation measures.
If you know of any great prevention and early intervention services that work with young people, their families and their communities to achieve better outcomes and lower crime rates, then make their stories and successes known! You can make your own submission by 15 March 2013 via the website below, or get in touch with Jacqui here at AYAC to be part of our joint submission with youth peak bodies around Australia.
For more information on the inquiry, go here - http://tinyurl.com/ay69kgd
To be part of the AYAC submission, contact Jacqui (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soonas you can (and no later than Friday, 15th February 2013).
Source: AYAC enews 31/1/13