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Maranguka justice reinvestment project: impact assessment

Aboriginal people (Australia) Criminal justice Recidivism Community-based social services Justice reinvestment Bourke

This is the first ever report of its kind in Australia, assessing the substantial economic impacts of investing in justice reinvestment and supporting communities to lead the solutions.

Since 2012, Maranguka, the community-led entity in Bourke, in partnership with Just Reinvest NSW, has undertaken activities designed to create change within the community and the justice system. Those activities have included: Aboriginal leaders inspiring a grassroots movement for change amongst local community members, facilitating collaboration and alignment across the service system, delivering new community based programs and service hubs, and partnering with justice agencies such as the police, to evolve their procedures, behaviour and operations towards a proactive and reinvestment model of justice.

The report highlights improvements in three key areas:

  • Family strength: a 23% reduction in police recorded incidence of domestic violence and comparable drops in rates of reoffending
  • Youth development: a 31% increase in year 12 student retention rates and a 38% reduction in charges across the top five juvenile offence categories
  • Adult empowerment: a 14% reduction in bail breaches and 42% reduction in days spent in custody.

Maranguka Justice Reinvestment has been largely supported by philanthropists. The economic impact was approximately five times greater than the operational costs in 2017.

*Please note - the preliminary assessment report, published in 2016, can be accessed here

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