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Robbed publican’s common sense justice 

Robbed publican’s common sense justice

When a young girl attempted to steal a bottle of rum from the Goldfields Hotel in Tennant Creek, the incident led to police involvement and the girl’s arrest…

Jason, owner of Goldfields Hotel Motel in Tennant Creek, found himself facing a challenging situation when a young girl attempted to steal a bottle of rum from his establishment.

The incident led to police involvement and the girl’s arrest. However, what followed wasn’t just about punishment, but about finding a path to redemption and growth.

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.”

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

A few weeks later I received a call from a local organisation. They had come up with a plan

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“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 organization 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.”

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 guidance and support

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