NSW Reconciliation Council has teamed up with Aboriginal Legal Services Redfern and a group of other NGO's committed to achieving improvements in incarceration rates amongst Aboriginal young people in NSW. The Campaign is called Justice Reinvestment Now and you can be a part of it.
Justice reinvestment is about taking taxpayers dollars out of prisons and putting them back into communities. When implemented, justice reinvestment programs benefit entire communities, not just Aboriginal young people.
In New South Wales, Aboriginal young people make up just 2.2% of the general population, but over half of the detention population.
Aboriginal young people are also 28 times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention than non-Indigenous young people.
The NSW Audit Office reported that the 2011 average daily cost of supervising and caring for juvenile offenders in detention was $652 per person per day or $237,980 annually.
The current New South Wales Government was elected with a justice policy, which contains principles of justice reinvestment.