Prison Reform Campaign

The Community Restorative Centre is committed to advocating for the rights of people who are impacted by the criminal justice system, and where necessary campaigning for structural change to the justice system.

The key issues that CRC campaigns on include:

  • The overall reduction of imprisonment as a sentencing option
  • The re-framing of imprisonment as a genuine last resort
  • Reducing the over-representation of Indigenous people in custody
  • Reducing the over-representation of people with mental illness in custody
  • Reducing the over-representation of people with intellectual disability or other forms of cognitive impairment in custody
  • Improving conditions and opportunities for people who are in prison (particularly with regard to access to education, training and genuine work opportunities)
  • Improving the conditions and opportunities for family members and friends of people in prison (particularly with regard to visits, respectful treatment, and access)
  • Improving the opportunities and pathways for people when they leave prison (including significantly, breaking the cycle of imprisonment and homelessness)
  • Campaigning for improvement in access to the NDIS for people with intellectual disability who are also involved in the criminal justice system.