Justice Reinvestment Forum – Is Justice Reinvestment needed in Australia?
2 August 2012
The Justice Reinvestment Forum was a unique opportunity to hear about the concept of Justice Reinvestment and its application in Australia, from a panel of national and international experts in the field. The forum was also an opportunity to engage in informed discussion and debate with leaders from both academia and government who discussed issues related to Justice Reinvestment, such as "What does Justice Reinvestment mean in practical terms?" and "Should Australia explore Justice Reinvestment as a policy option?"
“Justice reinvestment is a localised criminal justice policy approach that first emerged in the United States. Under this approach, a portion of the public funds that would have been spent on covering the costs of imprisonment are diverted to local communities that have a high concentration of offenders. The money is invested in community programs, services and activities that are aimed at addressing the underlying causes of crime in those communities.”
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, March 2010: 'Justice Reinvestment: a new solution to the problem of Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system'.
The forum was co-hosted by NCIS, the Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG), and the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The forum follows on from a one-day workshop entitled ‘Exploring the feasibility of Justice Reinvestment in the Australian Capital Territory’ (PDF 1.6MB) held at AIATSIS in November 2011.
|Speaker & presentation title||Audio & slides
|Acknowledgement of Country, introductory remarks
Associate Professor Cressida Fforde (Convenor)
|Dr Jill Guthrie
November 2011 Justice Reinvestment workshop – key outcomes
|Professor Tony Butler
Australia's incarceration profile
|Dr Tom Calma
The Justice Reinvestment movement in Australia
|Professor Mick Dodson
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody – 20 years on
|Professor Andrew Coyle
Safer communities, stronger communities – the limits of criminal justice
|Professor Vivien Stern
Justice Reinvestment and the politics of localism in England and Wales
|Professor Todd Clear
The promise and perils of Justice Reinvestment
|Mr Roger Wilkins|
Professor Todd Clear is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. In 1978, he received a PhD in Criminal Justice from The University at Albany. Clear has also held professorships at Ball State University, Rutgers University, Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor.
Baroness Vivien Stern CBE is a cross-bench (independent) member of the UK House of Lords. She has extensive international experience in human rights and criminal justice matters and in 2010 carried out a review for the UK Government on the response of public authorities to those reporting rape ('The Stern Review' (PDF 988KB),).
Professor Andrew Coyle CMG is a Trustee and former Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS). Professor Coyle has also been Professor of Prison Studies in King's College London, and previously worked at a senior level in the prison services of the United Kingdom. He is an adviser on prison issues to a number of intergovernmental bodies including the United Nations, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is Director of NCIS and Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. He is a member of the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG).
Professor Tony Butler has worked in the prison health epidemiological research area since completing his PhD in 2001. He conducted two population-based prisoner health surveys in 1996 and 2001 and the largest mental health survey of prisoners in Australia, an injury surveillance system in the NSW correctional system, and research into traumatic brain injury among prisoners. He is currently involved in several NHMRC and ARC-funded projects, including examination of the causes of mortality among ex-prisoners, a study of the health of young people serving a community order, a prison-based smoking cessation trial, and a study of prisoners' sexual health. He is a member of the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG).
Dr Tom Calma is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal groups whose traditional lands are south west of Darwin and on the Coburg Peninsula in the Northern Territory, respectively. He is the inaugural National Coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking, ex Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and noted Indigenous statesman.
Dr Jill Guthrie is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales. Her PhD, undertaken through the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales is titled 'A phenomenological exploration of the experiences of families of Indigenous children hospitalised in the ACT'. Dr Guthrie is a graduate of the Master of Applied Epidemiology (MAE) Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) at ANU. She is as an academic member of the MAE staff. From March 2009 to April 2012 she was a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) working on health-related research projects with a particular focus on the relationship between criminal justice and health. In November 2011 she convened a workshop at AIATSIS which explored the feasibility of Justice Reinvestment in the Australian Capital Territory. Dr Guthrie has been a Research Fellow at NCIS since April 2012. She is a member of the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG).
Professor Michael Levy is Director of Justice Health (ACT). He is a Public Health Physician with national and international experience in prisoner health. He has worked with the World Health Organization and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. He was a co-founder of the Australian Council of Prison Health Services, an examiner for the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He has a distinguished publication record with over 100 peer-reviewed publications since 1987, and a number of book chapters. His is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Prisoner Health. He has an appointment with the ANU Medical School. He is a member of the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG).