Smart Justice News


March 16, 2018

Crime-drop welcome but Victoria needs smart justice now, lawyers and social workers say

Smart Justice – a coalition of 46 of Victoria’s legal and social service providers, led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres – welcomes today’s announcement by Police Minister Lisa Neville that Victoria has recorded its biggest drop in crime in 10 years.


August 25, 2016

Reoffending in the spotlight at justice symposium

Victoria’s progress on reducing reoffending by strengthening rehabilitation and reintegration of former prisoners will be the focus of the Remaking Justice symposium to be held on Thursday 25 August in Melbourne.


April 27, 2016

Budget needs greater crime prevention focus

Substantial law and order spending outlined in today’s State Budget continues to focus too heavily on addressing the consequences of crime, rather than tackling the causes to stop it in the first place, according to Smart Justice, a coalition of 34 community organisations led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


February 16, 2016

Insights into rehabilitative justice to feature in new Churchill report

Mentoring within our prison system by those who know it best has the potential to revitalise rehabilitative justice and reduce recidivism, according to Claire Seppings. Recently returned from a research trip around the world funded by a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship, Claire has seen firsthand how those with lived experiences of imprisonment can help to change the lives of those inside.


September 17, 2015

Ombudsman report shows urgent need for criminal justice rethink

A Victorian Ombudsman report released today shows an urgent need to rethink criminal justice in Victoria, according to the Smart Justice Project of the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


May 05, 2015

Prison system remains costly and pressured, but balance tilts towards reducing reoffending and boosting safety

The State Budget has revealed that the cost of running Victoria’s pressured and crowded prison system is set to top $1 billion a year excluding construction costs, as the recidivism rate is predicted to climb to an alarming 45 per cent in 2015.


January 30, 2015

To fix Victoria’s broken prison system, heed the evidence

Findings presented in a Report on Government Services (ROGS) released by the Productivity Commission today support calls for an evidence-based approach to justice policy in Victoria rather than a continuation of failed tough-on-crime policies implemented by the former Napthine Government, says Smart Justice, a coalition of 31 organisations led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


November 24, 2014

Reoffending on the rise, as Victoria lags on diversion

Reoffending is climbing in Victoria, despite the steep increase in imprisonment and the record expansion of Victoria’s prisons. Almost 40 per cent of Victorian prisoners reoffend within two years, and that figure is rising, despite a steady decline from 2003–04 to 2009–10.


November 18, 2014

Massive growth in prison spending shows Victorian Government values a flawed solution to crime over vital community services

Figures reported in The Age today show that prison spending has recorded the third highest level of growth of all spending under the Victorian Government over the last three years. Prisons spending has grown by nearly $200 million (32 per cent), compared to growth in secondary school spending (2 per cent), TAFE (2 per cent), hospital outpatients (1 per cent), and a massive decline in spending on public housing (49 per cent).


November 01, 2014

Smart Justice challenges Govt justice policies on evidence and cost

The Victorian Government’s law and order measures have today been challenged on cost and the lack of evidence supporting their effectiveness by Smart Justice, a coalition of 31 organisations led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


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