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Robbed publican’s common sense justice

 

When a young girl stole a bottle of rum from behind the bar at the Goldfields Hotel in Tennant Creek, Jason pursued a common sense approach to justice, where the punishment fit the crime…

Initially, the incident led to police involvement and the girl’s arrest.

But what followed wasn’t just about punishment, but about finding a path to redemption and growth.

“I had an incident here one day where a young girl snuck in and tried to run off with a bottle of rum,” Jason recalls. “The police were called, statements were taken, and she was taken away for processing.”

Despite the seriousness of the situation, Jason’s approach took a compassionate turn when the community decided to work together in finding the right punishment.

 “A few weeks later, I received a call from a local organization that had taken charge of her case. They came up with a plan for her to come to the pub twice a week for three weeks to help with cleaning tasks—whether it was windows, mopping toilets or whatever. It seemed like a great idea to me”

 

Over time, I noticed a change in her. She’s old enough to come into the hotel now and when she visits she’s always polite and pleasant.

Jason, Goldfields Hotel Motel owner, Tennant Creek

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Jason saw this as an opportunity not just for justice for the crime, but for personal growth.

“Over time, I noticed a change in her. She’s old enough to come into the hotel now and when she visits she’s always polite and pleasant.”

The involvement of the local organisation played a crucial role in her rehabilitation. “They sent supervisors to work with her during her three weeks here, making sure she understood the consequences of her actions and learned from her mistake.”

Reflecting on the broader impact of such interventions, Jason recognises the importance of fitting the punishment to the crime.

“It’s about finding that balance. Depending on the severity, sometimes tougher penalties might be necessary. Each case is unique.”

 

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While acknowledging the complexities of rehabilitation, Jason remains optimistic about the role of community support.

“If someone wants to turn their life around, they can. It’s about offering them the right support and guidance.”

In Jason’s view, addressing societal issues requires a multifaceted approach. “I’m more of a realist. We can’t solve everything overnight. You can’t just pick one problem to fix, you have to work together to deal with it all.”  

Jason experience is testament to how smarter justice made up of common-sense solutions does work. It takes a coordinated effort from multiple organizations and initiatives working together.

Through Jason’s story, we see how a community can come together to offer not just consequences, but opportunities for growth and change.

If someone wants to turn their life around, they can. It’s about offering them the right support and guidance.

Jason, Goldfields Hotel Motel owner, Tennant Creek

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