Transforming justice Policy Policy VACRO advocates for systemic change that leads to a fairer justice system for all. Our policy priorities are as follows. Fewer people going to prison Reform bail laws Increase diversion Better treatment and support for people in prison Better physical and mental health treatment Better qualified prison staff with improved training Increased accountability and transparency Better post-prison support for successful community integration Increase funding support to extend ReConnect Increase support for families Increase housing support Improve access to jobs and training Introduce a spent conviction scheme Reduce stigma through community education VACRO advocates for these policy priorities in submissions and testimony to inquiries, through direct advocacy, and by engaging on issues in traditional and social media. Here is a selection of our recent submissions: VACRO submission to the Inquiry into the Children of Imprisoned Parents (April 2022) In our submission to the Victorian Parliament's Inquiry into Children Affected by Parental Incarceration, we called on the government to step up and provide for the children and families of parents in prison. Read the submission VACRO submission to the Inquiry into Victoria's Criminal Justice System (September 2021) In our submission to the Inquiry, we made a series of recommendations to the Committee about transforming reintegration practice in Victoria's criminal justice system. Drawing on our throughcare model, we made the case strongly that reintegration starts in prison and asked the Committee to recommend a series of changes to the prison system that we believe would benefit our participants, their families, and their communities as a whole. We were also invited to appear at one of the Inquiry's public hearings; you can find video footage and transcripts of our appearance here. Read the submission VACRO submission to the Social Housing Regulation Review (September 2021) In our submission, we asked the Review to consider the specific and difficult circumstances of people leaving prison and trying to get a place in social housing to support their desistance and reintegration. We shared information about the severely limited housing options for our participants and made recommendations to provide more targeted housing for people leaving prison and reforming the allocation and assessment process for our participants in the social housing system. We were subsequently invited to an expert roundtable to share our knowledge of best practice tenancy sustainment for our participants. Read the submission VACRO policy contact Abigail Lewis, Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, [email protected] Please note that requests from students relating to policy and advocacy should be sent to VACRO's student placement page.