The promise of justice reinvestment

Brown, David, Schwartz, Melanie, & Boseley, Laura (2012) The promise of justice reinvestment. The Alternative Law Journal, 37(2), pp. 96-102.

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This article examines the notion and practice of Justice Reinvestment (‘JR’), an emerging approach addressing the high social and economic costs of soaring incarceration rates. JR invests in public safety by reallocating dollars from corrections budgets to finance education, housing, healthcare, and jobs in high-crime communities. Key distinguishing features of JR (including justice and asset mapping, budgetary devolution and localism, and the desirability of bipartisanship) are briefly outlined, followed by discussion of its recent emergence and application in the United States, and to a lesser extent in the United Kingdom. The prospects for the adoption of JR approaches in Australia are then considered, with particular reference to the high imprisonment rates of Indigenous people. If JR is to be promoted in the Australian context it is important that it be subject to critical scrutiny and therefore some of the key problems are briefly outlined, before a conclusion which emphasizes the potential benefits of JR.

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ID Code: 67486
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Imprisonment--Economic aspects; Criminal justice, Administration of--Political aspects; Recidivism--Prevention
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2078715
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: © 2012 David Brown, Melanie Schwartz and
Laura Boseley
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2014 00:45
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2014 06:50

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