Justice Reform Initiative Tasmanian Forum
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About the Event
Our criminal justice system is not working. Past Governments of both political persuasions have been responsible for more than doubling the Australian jail population over recent decades. It is now time to critically examine and act on the evidence which shows that jails are failing us all.
The Justice Reform Initiative is an alliance of people from across the political spectrum who share long-standing professional experience or knowledge of the justice system and believe there is an urgent need to reduce the number of people in Australian jails. We have banded together to present the strong evidence-based case for reform to governments, recognising that this crucial reform has been far too slow in Australia – with a very real toll on people and communities.
We are joining the chorus of powerful voices already advocating for change and acknowledge the longstanding efforts of many other individuals and organisations seeking change.
In the US, which has even bigger problems with imprisonment, Democrats and Republicans have put aside their differences to find fairer and more productive alternatives to the default incarceration policies of many states. We must do the same. It’s high time our politicians accepted that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform.
We seek to build collaborative working relationships with other advocates for change, while raising awareness about the evidence that shows unequivocally the system not working. We will build connections locally and internationally to show how a different approach can work, and how it is making a difference in other jurisdictions.
Our campaign will bring together organisations and people of goodwill from across the political spectrum and the broader public to build the conversation in Australia around how jailing is failing and in fact worsening our justice outcomes, drawing on the best evidence including overseas trends in sentencing and related criminal justice mechanisms, such as bail and parole.
This forum is an opportunity for people working in Corrections including NGO's delivering programs. Numbers will be limited because of COVID restrictions.
Dr Mindy Sotiri, Executive Director.
Dr Sotiri is uniquely placed to help the Justice Reform Initiative drive the case for criminal justice reform across Australia, in collaboration with the many people and organisations similarly committed to evidence-based public policy.
Dr Sotiri has worked in criminal justice system settings as an advocate, community sector practitioner, academic, researcher, and policy and service delivery reform specialist for more than twenty years. Her most recent role was the Program Director of Advocacy, Research and Policy at the Community Restorative Centre in Sydney.
This event is being hosted by Onesimus Foundation