Letter to Hon. Gerry McCarthy MLA from Priscilla Collins Chief Executive Officer North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency NAAJA's response to the New Era in Corrections dated 23 February 2011
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the NILJF, which recommends that Government [ejnsure that procedural fairness exist across the criminal justice system. NAAJA advocates that the NT parole system be re-modelled similar to New South Wales (NSW) (see Part 6 of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) 1999). The NSW system is both a fair and robust parole system which balances the right to procedural fairness, with considerations of community protection and offender rehabilitation. Community Justice Initiatives Recommendation 15: Justice Reinvestment principles should guide Government policy. NAAJA recommends that the New Era in Corrections embrace Justice Reinvestment as a guiding practice. This is in keeping with recommendation 3.2 of the NILJF: [r]ecognise and strengthen Indigenous community responses to justice issues to support community ownership of safety and crime prevention. Justice Reinvestment diverts a portion of the funds spent on imprisonment to local communities where there is a high concentration of offenders. The funds are invested in community initiated and operated programs that are aimed at addressing underlying causes of crime. Territory Towns Recommendation 16: All future Territory Towns should have appropriate justice services. Strategy 1.2.1 of the NILJF aims to: [pjrovide the services needed to realise sustainable improvements in community safety in urban, regional and remote settings. This Strategy is reinforced in Action 1.2.1b: [d]eliver necessary justice services in Indigenous communities. NAAJA considers the following to be essential justice services: A specific service to work with Elders towards empowering them to design local solutions to address community safety issues. An Aboriginal Interpreter Services office to increase effective cross cultural communication; Adequate facilities for legal services including accommodation and an office that can be used by defence lawyers and their clients attending bush courts, and when providing advice at legal clinics; A youth and adult specific drug and alcohol rehabilitation service; Mental Health Services; Supported Accommodation facilities for young people seeking supervised bail; Culturally specific mediation services; 12