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The Centre for Innovative Justice researches, advocates and applies innovative ways to improve the justice system with a particular focus on therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and non-adversarial dispute resolution.

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Project
Women’s Decarceration

Community SupPORT Pathways

The CIJ is supporting an exciting pilot project led by LACW. Delivered in partnership with the Victorian Amateur Football Association, Community SupPORT Pathways for Women links criminalised women with community football clubs, providing opportunities for employment, volunteering, recreation – and, most importantly, belonging. The CIJ will deliver the embedded participatory evaluation component of the program.

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Project
Disability Justice

Submission to the ‘Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability’ – NDIS interface with criminal justice

The CIJ has made a further submission to the Disability Royal Commission. Our submission highlights some of the issues, barriers and challenges for people in custody accessing and maintaining an NDIS package, including transitions in and out of custody.

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Disability Justice

Just Voices: Building mainstream justice workforce capability around the NDIS through lived experience

This project will work with people with disability and experience of the justice system to design and develop workforce initiatives for the mainstream justice workforce.

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Video

Launch of the CIJ’s ‘Leaving custody behind’ Issues Paper

This is a recording of the webinar launch of the CIJ's issues paper 'Leaving custody behind: Foundations for safer communities & gender-informed criminal justice systems' which occurred on Thursday 16 July.

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Project
Women’s Decarceration

Leaving custody behind: Foundations for safer communities and gender-informed criminal justice systems

This Issues Paper draws together evidence about women’s involvement in the criminal justice system and the factors behind the escalating female imprisonment rate in Victoria. It highlights the disproportionate harm caused by the incarceration of women and the urgent need to find alternatives that better meet human rights standards.

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Restorative justice responses to sexual harm

This is a recording of our Law Week event which occurred on Monday 17 May 2021. A panel discussion of RJ practitioners and experts exploring how RJ responds to the needs of people impacted by sexual harm.

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Blog

Australia going backwards, not forwards, on raising the age of criminal responsibility

This week, the Centre for Innovative Justice joins 75 other organisations to call for action by all Australian states and territories to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

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Connect with the Centre for Innovative Justice through our media channels. Stay up to date via Twitter, YouTube and the Talking Innovative Justice podcast.

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The CIJ recently made a submission to the Cultural Review of the Adult Custodial Corrections System which offers insights into the experiences and needs of people in custodial corrections, in particular people with disability and women in prisons. https://t.co/CkAOwBbCXl
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Listen: CIJ's Stan Winford spoke to @LaTrioli this morning on the spent convictions scheme and what it will mean for people with an old convictions - begins at 2:20 https://t.co/gP3x5OEaT6
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The CIJ welcomes the endorsement of #restorativejustice as an additional justice option for victim survivors alongside the criminal justice system in the new @VicLawReform report Improving the Justice System Response to Sexual Offences released this week https://t.co/sOCdzbujbM
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Children do not belong behind bars, instead they should be given every chance to turn their lives around through education and appropriate supports. It's well passed time to #RaiseTheAge of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. https://t.co/ynyFZAYz3t https://t.co/HScsZDUjZQ
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Podcast

Talking Innovative Justice podcast

Talking Innovative Justice is a resource for law students, hosted by Rob Hulls and featuring interviews with leading industry figures, panel discussions and recordings of CIJ events.

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Video

CIJ Interview Series

The law can take your career in unexpected and fascinating directions. Our video interview series introduces to our students some of the inspiring people working in the law.

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