The Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre (ATJC) is a collective of lawyers, social workers, activists and community organisers who are deeply committed to prison abolition and transformative justice.
Our work on unceded and stolen Aboriginal land is based on the recognition and advancement of continuous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sovereignty, Lore and Struggle.
We resist assimilation into state systems and policies, while practicing harm-reduction with those who are forced or coerced into navigating these systems in order to survive.
We center the resilience of criminalised people, honour their activism and resistance.
We strive to develop our collective knowledge while educating one another and working collaboratively to educate communities on creating systems of accountability and support.
To eliminate the root causes of inequality, violence, and oppression in our communities so that prisons become obsolete.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The prison industrial complex recreates trauma and violence in our communities and in our intimate relationships.
To close down prisons is to not only open up healthcare, education, housing, and employment, but also creativity, collective solidarity and accountability.
We can work towards a reimagined decarceral future through education and collective organising. We envision a future free from structural inequality and barriers to justice based on race, diverse sexualities, genders and/or intersex variations, class, ability, age, or cultural background.
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Prison abolition is a movement to create lasting alternatives to punishment-based institutions such as jails, prisons, and immigration detention centres.
Prison abolition exposes the racism and institutionalised oppression inherent in the justice system and challenges the fear-based ideological “need” for prisons. We as abolitionists invest our energy in community empowerment, community-led education, activism, and transformative justice as alternative means to resolve conflict.
Through community-based movements, transformative justice seeks to resist state-run responses to violence and instead promotes support, compassion, dialogue and community building. Working with marginalised members of our community and developing mechanisms of accountability are incorporated into the forms of transformative justice. Reliance on violent and oppressive state level systems is transformed and replaced with community empowerment.
WHAT WE DO
The Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre works with and for imprisoned people, their family and friends to dismantle the prison industrial complex as a system of oppression, inequality and violence.
We employ a transformative methodology in to our practice that reflects on individual and collective relationships between self and state; and seeks to create and promote accountability at a community level.
We are guided by the experiences of those ‘inside’ and those affected by the carceral system.