Discussion paper

Justice and community safety in Western Australia: a call for efficient investment in effective outcomes

28 Feb 2013

This discussion paper outlines offending and justice issues in Western Australia, and recommends a policy shift to 'justice reinvestment', an approach that aims to address the risk factors of crime, crime prevention, and adequate rehabilitation of offenders.

This report provides details on:

  • current levels of offending in WA and the economic costs associated with these levels
  • the health and social determinants of offending
  • the role of the community sector
  • barriers to the adoption of a 'justice reinvestment' approach in WA
  • the 'delivering community services in partnership' policy in WA
  • recommendations.

The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS), the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA).

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