Co-designing initiatives to reduce Aboriginal over-representation in the criminal justice system

In 2017, the Koori Justice Unit engaged TACSI to support the progression of Aboriginal Justice Agreement work to address complex criminal justice challenges facing the Aboriginal Community.

The project was led by the Aboriginal community in Victoria with innovation facilitation and strategic support from TACSI.

The project consisted of identifying, co-designing and testing initiatives to build upon 17 years of demonstrable progress and significant impact on overrepresentation.

We followed a four stage process to build on existing work done by the Aboriginal Justice Forum, which included collaborative choice-making processes, prototyping and testing initiatives with key stakeholders and collaboratively defining the pathway forward towards implementation.

 

This work resulted in a set of five key innovation initiatives to shift the needle on Aboriginal over representation within the current Victorian Justice context, while carving the pathway forward for an Aboriginal self- determined Justice System including: 

  • A holistic family healing model

  • Aboriginal Innovation for Justice Units

  • Bail breach reduction programs

  • Prevention for young people

  • Koori-driven media

This work resulted in a set of five key innovation initiatives to shift the needle on Aboriginal over representation within the current Victorian Justice context

Document outlining the path forward in an Aboriginal lead justice system

This project is about building upon existing evidence and knowledge of what works, unlocking initiatives to significantly impact on over representation.

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