1 February 2016
Sydney Institute of Criminology
CrimNet is an electronic criminal justice information network, sponsored by the Sydney Institute of Criminology. It aims to fulfil the need for a means of regular and instant communication between criminal justice professionals,
practitioners, academics and students in Australia and overseas.
NSW Custody Statistics
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released it's NSW Custody Statistics Quarterly Update December 2015 report. The report found that the NSW adult prison population grew by 12 per cent between January 2015 and December 2015, reaching a new record high in December of 12,121. This brings the total increase in the NSW adult prison population over the last two years to 17 per cent.

The non-Indigenous prison population has increased faster than the Indigenous population, rising by 12 per cent over the last year and 18 per cent over the last two years (compared with 8 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively, for the Indigenous prison population).

Over the last 12 months the remand population increased by 17 per cent while the sentenced prisoner populations increased by 9 per cent.

Receptions of prisoners on remand and receptions of sentenced prisoners both increased over the last 12 months; the former by five per cent and the latter by seven per cent. The length of time spent by remand and sentenced prisoners in custody also increased.

In contrast to the adult prisoner population, over the last 12 months the number of juveniles in custody fell by 6 per cent. As at December 2015, there were 280 juveniles in custody; well down from the peak of 405 juveniles in custody back in June 2011.

Dr Don Weatherburn has stated that BOCSAR are analysing the cause of the rapid growth in numbers and are expected to report next month. 

David Elliott, NSW Corrections Minister commented that the government had a strategy in place to meed the needs of the increasing prison population, including an expansion of the Parklea correctional centre and a new prison in Grafton. 
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Recent Publications
Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment
David Brown, Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz, Julie Stubbs and Courtney Young 

This book examines justice reinvestment from its origins, its potential as a mechanism for winding back imprisonment rates, and its portability to Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond. It argues for a community-driven approach, originating in vulnerable Indigenous communities with high imprisonment rates.

The book is available for purchase via the Palgrave website.

Call for Book Chapter Proposals, Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South
Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg and John Scott, Crime and Justice Research Centre, QUT Australia
Maximo Sozzo, Universidad Nacional de Litorel, Argentina.

Almost 85% of the world’s population live in what might be termed the ‘global south’, comprising three continents and a large proportion of the world’s police and around half of the world’s 10.2 million prisoners are detained in the continents of the global south, across Asia, Africa, Oceania and South America. Yet mostly criminology has concentrated on problems of crime and justice in the Global North. 

This Handbook aims to provide an expansive overview of criminologies of the global periphery and introduce readers to diverse contributions about the global south that challenge how we think and do criminology and justice.

If you are interested in contributing to this new development in criminology, please send an abstract by 31 March 2016 to Kerry Carrington.

Include the following: 
  • Name, email and institutional affiliation 
  • Abstract (around 500 words) 
In your abstract please state how your topic fits with, develops or compliments the project of southern criminology

For more information, please visit the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre website.
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Upcoming Events
Confined 7 Art Exhibition
Now in its seventh year, CONFINED features works by Indigenous artists currently in or recently released from prison in Victoria. High levels of incarceration are a deeply felt social issue amongst Victoria’s aboriginal communities. The exhibition not only aims to support Indigenous offenders with an opportunity to connect with the community and to promote the practice of culture in rehabilitation, but to highlight the issue of over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

The exhibition will run from 10 February - 9 March 2016 at The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria.

More information is available on The Torch website.

The Psychology of Crime Course
The Sydney Institute of Criminology and the Centre for Continuing Education are pleased to announce the Psychology of Crime Course will be running on Saturday 7 May 2016, from 9am - 5pm. The cost of the course is $240. 

The psychology of crime is a didactic and interactional workshop examining the profession of criminal psychology (also referred to as forensic psychology). It provides an opportunity to hear from an experienced Forensic Psychologist, learn about skills and theory used in conducting court assessments and treatment with a range of dangerous offenders. It will also explore and possibly expand on questions raised during the class that are relevant to the area of study.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Continuing Education website.

UNSW Law Book Forum, Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment
When: Monday 15 February 2016, 4 - 6pm 
Where: Dean's Boardroom, Level 2, UNSW Law School 

Chair: David Dixon (UNSW Law) 
Authors: David Brown, Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz, Julie Stubbs and Courtney Yuung. 

Readers: Todd Clear (Rutgers University), Elena Marchetti (University of Wollongong), Luke McNamara (University of Wollongong).

Those attending are invited to read a sample chapter from Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment. To request a copy of the chapter, please email Dr Ben Golder. This event is free of charge, but you are kindly asked to register attendance here. 

Wine and light refreshments will also be available at the Book Forum. 
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Job Advertisements
Managing Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid
A rare senior opportunity has arisen to manage Victoria Legal Aid’s Dandenong office, VLA’s largest suburban practice.

You will ensure we provide high quality, responsive legal services to the community across a range of legal issues including summary and indictable crime, family violence, family law, mental health and fines and help VLA in its role driving systemic justice reform for vulnerable clients.

You will provide effective leadership and management to a diverse team of dedicated and experienced lawyers and administrative staff across the criminal, civil and family law areas and continue to foster and support a collaborative team environment.

Salary range: $100,353 - $127,723 

For more information, please see the Victoria Careers website. 

Applications close Friday 12 February 2016. 

MERIT Caseworker
The purpose of this position is to provide accurate assessments and written reports to the Courts and facilitate intensive case management of defendants throughout the bail period. The Caseworker will coordinate treatment service access and provide support, counselling and treatment to defendants with a demonstrable drug problem who have been referred by the Courts. The MERIT Program may expand to include an alcohol diversion program. The duties of this position would expand accordingly to include case management responsibilities within the expanded services format.

The Magistrates’ Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) Program provides case management for defendants who have entered the criminal justice system and have a demonstrable drug problem. MERIT is a drug-crime diversion scheme that has evolved from the Commonwealth/State Agreement relating to the Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative of the Council of Australia Governments. MLHD MERIT provide services to the following local Courts Wagga Wagga and Junee, and other Courts as directed and approved by the Attorney Generals and NSW Ministry of Health.

Applications close 12 February 2016. 

For the selection criteria and information on the application process, please visit the Jobs NSW website.

Lawyer Level 2, NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The NSW ODPP is looking for experienced and motivated senior litigators with excellent communication skills. 
These senior roles have a wide variety of responsibilities including;
  • Assessing briefs of evidence received from police and other investigating bodies  as to the sufficiency of evidence and appropriate charge/s;
  • Negotiating  with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system and;
  • Conducting hearings and undertaking advocacy work in the Children’s, Local, District and Supreme Courts. 
Applicants must be eligible to hold a Practising Certificate as a Solicitor in NSW. 

This is a general recruitment and a talent pool will be created to fill ongoing and temporary vacancies across the office which may arise over the next 12 months. Offices include Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Campbelltown, Newcastle, Wollongong, Dubbo, Lismore and Gosford.

Salary $97,426 - $113,787. 

Applications close 14 February 2016. 

For more information, please visit the Jobs NSW website. 

Principal Policy Officer, Court Diversion & Referral Services
In this role you will be responsible for providing strategic policy advice, conducting research and analysis and developing options, policies, strategies and initiatives in relation to specialist courts and court diversionary programs. As well as developing strategic partnerships across government and also with the non-government sector to support the effective operation of the specialist courts and court diversionary programs overseen by the Courts Innovation Program (CIP). 

This position is located in inner-city Brisbane, QLD. 

Salary $108,784 - $115,053 

Applications close 5 February 2016. 

For more information, please visit the QLD Jobs website

Summary Prosecutor, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice NT
The primary objective of this position is to provide quality advice on allocated summary prosecution cases. Represent Director of Public Prosecutions as an advocate, conduct and appear in criminal proceedings in the Court of Summary Jurisdiction.

This position is located in Darwin, NT. 
Salary $87,690 - $104,865. 

Applications close 4 February. 

For more inforation about the position, please visit the NT Jobs website.

Researcher, NSW Law and Justice Foundation
Working with policy makers and legal assistance service providers, the Foundation’s research team undertake innovative empirical research and qualitative and quantitative analysis to support the delivery of effective and efficient legal assistance for the most disadvantaged in society. The research program currently has a number of key themes to address this overall aim:
  • Measuring and monitoring legal need and access to justice
  • Monitoring and evaluating services to assess how they can most cost-effectively meet the needs of disadvantaged clients in various geographic, socio-economic and service environments.
  • Identifying triggers and pathways to legal help seeking and problem solving
  • Exploring how legal services can best collaborate with each other and connect with other human services to best reach priority clients
  • Assessing how services can best identify, measure and take account of client capability in their service provision
The research team work on a range of projects depending on Foundation’s priorities. Most work is published on the Foundation’s website.
The Foundation now wishes to recruit a Researcher to support the small but dynamic and well respected research team. 

Full time or part time, flexible working arrangements available 
Salary $65,000 - $80,000 
Applications will be considered on receipt. To apply email the NSW Law and Justice Foundation HR team.

For more information on the position, please visit the NSW Law and Justice Foundation website.
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