Properly functioning systems of safety and justice are at the heart of developed democracies. A key role of the state is to ensure that people feel safe in their communities and protected by a justice system that is effective, accessible and accountable. This requires a balance of approaches which not only provide disincentives to crime but actively address the issues which can lead to crime.
In the past, policies to promote safety have reflected funding priorities which focus on punitive measures. WACOSS believes this is detrimental to the overall safety and wellbeing of the community and does not represent sound investment practice.
Community Legal Centres Association (CLCWA)
WANADA (Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies)
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