Welcome to the AJR Project

The Australian Justice Reinvestment Project (AJR Project) is a national research project investigating the characteristics of Justice Reinvestment

 Justice Reinvestment is a recent development in criminal justice enjoying a spectacular rise onto the political and policy agenda internationally. In Australia, the idea has gained traction among politicians and community advocates, with particular emphasis on its potential in the Indigenous context. Click here to find out more about the Project.

The AJR Project draws together senior researchers across the disciplines of law and criminology to examine justice reinvestment programs in other countries and analyse whether such programs can be developed in Australia. Click here to find out more about the Project team.


CI Chris Cunneen speaks with The Saturday Paper:

"Cunneen is part of a team writing a book making the case for “justice reinvestment”, which aims to cut detention rates so that the money can go back into the communities to tackle the root problems that lead to incarceration."
"The north-western NSW town of Bourke is championing the cause and taking it slowly, which Cunneen thinks is important because it allows the community to drive it. In the US, justice reinvestment has been used to cut prison numbers, but the cost savings did not go back to the communities, he says."

AJRP hosts thematic panel at ANZSOC 2014

The AJR Project hosted a thematic panel at the 2014 ANZSOC Conference
'Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment?' on Thursday 2nd October.
This panel sought to explore the portability of JR outside the US. What, exactly, are the features of the JR experience hitherto in the US that might be worth emulating, how portable are these features and how might the political conditions be built for their reception and implementation in specific local contexts?

Chief Investigators write for The Conversation & Right Now

Read more about the potential applicability of Justice Reinvestment in Australia in these recent publications by the Chief Investigators of the AJR Project here