Justice reinvestment: building communities not prisons

Justice reinvestment: building communities not prisons

Nov 29
Join Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon. Peter Quinlan and industry leaders as they discuss the need for a holistic, systematic approach to justice in Western Australia.
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The Hon. Justice Robert Mazza, Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia
Devon Cuimara, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Males Healing Centre
Zoe Henham, Chair, Women’s Legal Service Western Australia
Lana Sandas, Director - Alternative Justice, Serco

Event Overview

Imprisonment has a significant impact on the local economy, a recent paper by the Law Society of Western Australia found the economic cost of imprisonment in Western Australia per day averages $359 for an adult and over $900 for an adolescent.

The system requires an immediate alternative solution and CEDA’s event will explore:
  • the premise of justice reinvestment;
  • a collaborative government, business and community coordinated response to identify issues that result in crime; and
  • reversing prison growth – rehabilitating offenders and reintegrating people with community.

Event presentations

The Hon. Justice Robert Mazza, Supreme Court of Western Australia MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Opening keynote address

The Hon. Justice Robert Mazza
Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia

Justice Robert Mazza is a judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and former judge of the District Court of Western Australia. Before his appointment as a Judge he founded his own law firm, which included an extensive practice in criminal law. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia. He has had a long and abiding concern for the appropriate manner in which to deliver justice and the importance of Justice Reinvestment.

Meet the panel

Devon Cuimara
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Males Healing Centre

Being the Founder & CEO of the Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Strong Spirit Strong Families Strong Culture Incorporated (AMHC), is a life-time healing and wellbeing pathways and commitment to all women, to develop a healing and wellbeing program to assist in arresting the trajectory of family violence. The AMHC was incorporated on the 7th July 2015. One aim is providing a practical approach to Healing and not Incarceration of Aboriginal men who use Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

The purpose of AMHC is to provide mandatory residential healing and wellbeing spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who use intimate partner violence (IPV). Accountability for men who use force needs to be grounded in innovative service systems and efforts to work towards the safety, well-being, and respect of the human rights of women and children.

Zoe Henham
Chair, Women’s Legal Service Western Australia

Zoe is incredibly passionate about diversity, inclusion, equality, justice and empowerment, especially as it relates to women and girls.

Her knowledge in the not for profit sector is significant and is founded on her experiences with corporate social responsibility, employee volunteering and engagement programmes, numerous grass roots initiatives across Asia, her strong sense of community and a desire to ‘pay it forward’. Zoe has a collaborative and global best practice approach, formed from her experiences gained while living abroad, from her significant contribution made in corporate life and through her direct involvement in numerous not for profit programmes.

Lana Sandas
Director - Alternative Justice, Serco

Lana is the Director of Alternative Justice at Serco Asia Pacific. In addition to contributing to the Rehabilitation and Reintegration programs in custodial-based contracts, Lana leads an evolving practice dedicated to developing and implementing community-based alternatives to custody. Lana herself came from the community sector, having been the Chief Executive Officer of a NSW award-winning organisation who supported women and girls affected by the criminal justice system. She was a fixed member of the NSW Corrective Services Women’s Advisory Council and an official partner of both the judicial-led Drug Court and MERIT programs. Lana directs a team who are passionate about affording people another chance and acutely aware of both the causes and consequences of incarceration. They apply this knowledge to develop sustainable and replicable solutions that will make a positive difference to offender’s lives and subsequently reduce reoffending.

The Hon. Peter Quinlan SC
Chief Justice, Government of Western Australia

Peter Damien Quinlan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 13 August 2018.  He was appointed as a Judge of the Court, a Judge of the Court of Appeal and as the Chief Justice of Western Australia.

Chief Justice Quinlan was Professional Assistant to K H Parker AO QC, Solicitor General for Western Australia, from 1993 – 1994, and Judge’s Associate to the Hon Justice Parker, Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1995. From 1996 – 2001, he was a Legal Officer (and ultimately Assistant Crown Counsel) at the WA Crown Solicitor’s Office before joining the Independent Bar in 2001. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. The Chief Justice was appointed Solicitor General for Western Australia on 1 July 2016 and served in this role until his appointment to the Bench. He served as President, WA Bar Association from 2012 – 2015, Board of Governors at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 and Director of the Law Council of Australia from 2012 – 2014.

Meet the facilitator

Ray Slayford
WA Lead Partner, Public Sector, KPMG

Meet the chair

Wendy Yarnold
Chief Executive Officer, Real Futures

Wendy has spent more than 30 years developing successful programs for Aboriginal communities. Wendy holds a Dip Business and her professional experience includes the inception and management of Aboriginal programs and businesses such as Real Futures, Pathways to the Pilbara and Real Honey. Wendy supports Aboriginal advancement, including Strategic Training and Employment Programs, Aboriginal Leadership and Management Consultancy, Executive for Building Australia’s Future Workforce and Deputy Director of Booroongen Djugun College.

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