A cautious approach to Justice Reinvestment

ABSTRACT: The paper provides an introduction to justice reinvestment as it has developed in the United States and considers its applicability in Australia, particularly in relation to Indigenous people. We are broadly supportive of justice reinvestment as a strategy to reduce imprisonment rates and to reinvest in impoverished communities where offending levels are high and the use of imprisonment is a regular occurrence. However we are also acutely aware of the pitfalls and problems that surround justice reinvestment, many of which are already manifest or emerging in the US experience.