Justice Reinvestment

Jenny Lovric

Just Reinvest NSW
Manager Community Engagment

Jenny Lovric has worked in the access to justice sector for over 20 years. She started at Redfern Legal Centre as a law student, and has since worked as a Judge's Associate at the Federal Court of Australia, at the NSW Law Reform Commission, the Australian Pro Bono Centre, CHOICE and as a Consultant and for the last 12 years at Legal Aid NSW. Jenny believes that the only way to make substantial change and address inequity in the justice system is through genuine partnerships and collaboration across the community, government and corporate/philanthropic sectors. At Legal Aid NSW Jenny managed the Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program which comprised multi-agency legal and non-legal agency partnerships in regional and remote NSW, often working with Aboriginal communities. Jenny joined Just Reinvest NSW in 2018 to lead their community engagement project with Aboriginal communities wishing to explore local, place-based and community-led justice reinvestment approaches to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Just Reinvest NSW was formed by a group of people wanting to take action to reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people being locked up. Just Reinvest NSW is auspiced by the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd who also provide valuable in-kind support.

In 2013 Just Reinvest NSW began working with the Bourke community in north-west NSW on the first major justice reinvestment trial in Australia, the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project. There are now more than 30 organisations actively engaged in Just Reinvest NSW as members or sponsors, with additional individuals and organisations providing in-kind or volunteer support.

This presentation will outline the recently released impact analysis report prepared by KPMG on the Bourke Maranguka Justice Reinvestment initiative and the Justice Reinvestment Community Toolkit and resources which are designed to help communities decide if and how they might start working on a Justice Reinvestment approach.