On 5 and 6 December 2018, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury, MLA hosted a two-day national forum on Building Communities Not Prisons: Justice Reinvestment and Reducing Recidivism.

Internationally renowned academics, senior government officials from all states and territories, non-government organisations and community leaders come to Canberra to discuss the positive impact justice reinvestment can have on our Australian criminal justice systems and the work being done to reduce crime and change people’s pathways away from the justice system. 

The Forum united national and international participants in driving the conversation about reducing recidivism and justice reinvestment in Australia.

The Forum was an opportunity for participants to discuss the emergence of justice reinvestment in the Australian criminal justice landscape. It supported discussion on leading initiatives that contribute to reducing recidivism. It provided opportunities for participants to share experiences about what is working in their communities with the aim of demonstrating how government working in partnership with community, academia and the private sector can develop approaches that reduce crime, improve public safety and strengthen communities.

Forum speakers

Fiona Allison

Fiona Allison

University of Technology Sydney

Researcher

Presentation: Justice Reinvestment in Cherbourg, QLD

Cheryl Axelby

Cheryl Axelby

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services

Presentation: National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services

Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry

University of NSW

Professor of Criminology

Presentation: Pathways into CJS & Prison: People with Complex Support Needs Informing Building Communities not Prisons

David Brown

David Brown

University of NSW

Emeritus Professor David Brown, Law Faculty

Presentation: ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate Building Communities Not Prison

Roslyn Brown

Roslyn Brown

United Ngunnawal Elders Council

Co-Chairperson

Tom Calma

Tom Calma

Kungarakan Tribal Group

Aboriginal Elder

Todd Clear

Todd Clear

Rutgers University Newark

University Professor

Presentation: Justice Reinvestment: Past, Present, Future

Chris Cunneen

Chris Cunneen

University of Technology Sydney

Professor of Criminology at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research

Presentation: ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate Building Communities Not Prison

Simon Factor

Simon Factor

KPMG

Consultant

Presentation: Investing in JR Practical strategies and lessons in building and integrating an evidence base to support reform outcomes

Alistair Ferguson

Alistair Ferguson

Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Bourke

Executive Director

Presentation: Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People

Daniel Giles

Daniel Giles

High Impact Innovation Programme

Operations Manager

Presentation: Building communities not prisons

Richard Glenn

Richard Glenn

ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Deputy Director General

Jill Guthrie

Jill Guthrie

Australian National University

Research Fellow

Sarah Hopkins

Sarah Hopkins

Aboriginal Legal Service ACT/NSW

Managing Solicitor of Justice Projects

Presentation: How do we move justice reinvestment forward together?

Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

Sector at Ministry of Justice – New Zealand

Chief Advisor

Presentation: Data, evidence and social (re)investment

Catherine Hunter

Catherine Hunter

KPMG Australia

Partner and Head of Corporate Citizenship

Presentation: How do we move justice reinvestment forward together?

Eva Koromilas

Eva Koromilas

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Justice portfolio within the Behavioural Insights Unit Lead

Stan Law

Stan Law

Australian Red Cross

Senior Community Development Officer

Presentation: Katherine Justice Reinvestment

James McAtamney

James McAtamney

KPMG

Associate Director

Deb Moyle

Deb Moyle

Red Cross

Project Manager

Presentation: Justice Reinvestment Community led approaches in Port Adelaide SA

Jason Payne

Jason Payne

Australian National University

Researcher

Lois Peeler

Lois Peeler

Worawa Aboriginal College

Executive Director and Principal

Presentation: Iyamdu Itjumatatj – Less Hurt

Alex Piqero

Alex Piquero

The University of Texas Dallas

Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology

Presentation: Trends in Prison Populations, Recidivism, and Post-Release Efforts in American Corrections

Shane Rattenbury

Shane Rattenbury

Minister for Justice, Road Safety and Consumer Affairs

Jeremey Smith

Jeremy Smith

NSW Justice Department

Tammy Solomnec

Tammy Solonec

Amnesty International Australia

Indigenous Rights Manager

Presentation: Indigenous-led solutions