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The Neighbourhood Justice Centre opened in January 2007 in Collingwood, in inner Melbourne's City of Yarra. An evaluation in 2010 found there were real and practical benefits to the community from the Centre's work.
Recidivism rates were reduced from 41% down to 34%
Offenders were 14% less likely to re-offend compared to other courts
Increased offender compliance
Completion of Community Based Orders was 10% higher than the state-wide average
Increased community work
Neighbourhood Justice Centre offenders did an average of 105 hours of unpaid community work in Yarra, compared to the state-wide average 68 hours
Improved administration of justice for court participants
The Centre provided strong support for people attending court, helping them negotiate the justice system. For example, our Neighbourhood Justice Officer was present in nearly 80% of criminal matters