2 December 2015
Sydney Institute of Criminology
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The Health of Australia's Prisoners
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have recently released their report, The Health of Australia's Prisoners 2015.

The report explores the conditions and diseases experienced by prisoners; compares, where possible, the health of prisoners to the general Australian community and provides valuable insight into the use of prison health services. New to the 2015 report are data on the disabilities or long-term health conditions of prisoners entering the prison system (prison entrants), self-assessed mental and physical health status of prisoners and data on smoke-free prisons.

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Recent Publications
Recent developments in DNA evidence
Marcus Smith and Monique Mann from the Australian Institute of Criminology have recently published the paper Recent developments in DNA evidence.

In this paper, the authors describe recent developments in DNA technology. Key cases involving DNA evidence in Australia and overseas that occurred between 2003 and 2014 are used to illustrate the benefits and potential issues that can arise when new DNA techniques are applied to criminal investigations. Empirical data on the value of DNA evidence and DNA databases on investigative and court outcomes are outlined, demonstrating strong support for the value of DNA evidence to investigations and prosecutions.

The techniques and applications for DNA evidence described here, and future developments, clearly have important implications for policymakers, practitioners and legislators. Equally, the Australian criminal justice system will need to continue to adapt to accommodate new developments in this field.

To read the full article, visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website.
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Upcoming Events
Applied Research and Crime and Justice Conference 2016

The Griffith Criminology Institute, in partnership with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), invites policy makers and researchers to attend the 3rd Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference, held in Brisbane from 18 - 19 February 2016. 

Keynote speakers include: 

  • Professor Todd Clear Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, Provost Rutgers University-Newark 
  • Professor Gloria Laycock Professor of Crime Science, University College London
  • Associate Professor Belinda Lloyd Associate Professor of Addiction Studies, Monash University
  • Dr Don Weatherburn Director, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

For more information about the conference and to register, visit the Griffith University website.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Course 2016
The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) and the Sydney Institute of Criminology are delivering a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design course in early 2016. 

This CPTED course is targeted at those with some understanding of CPTED, who want to extend their knowledge and explore alternative options to increase the effectiveness of their practice. This is a two day (including one evening), action based learning workshop, where participants will work with each other to identify and mitigate safety issues in a real environment, by learning and practising an alternative approach. 

The training is designed to provide participants with greater knowledge and skills to produce effective and relevant CPTED solutions, by practising on a real study site.

Course dates announced soon. To be placed on the waitlist for this course, please visit the Centre for Continuing Education website.
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Job Advertisements
WIPAN Mentoring Program Coordinator

About WIPAN 
The Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) is a not for profit, community based organisation dedicated to improving the status, wellbeing and prospects of women in the criminal justice system. WIPAN addresses the many issues facing criminalised women both systemically through advocating, and individually through mentoring women affected by the criminal justice system. WIPAN operates on the premise that by providing women with gender-responsive social support, recidivism rates will be reduced and the burgeoning prison population will be minimised.

Position description: 
The primary function of the Mentoring Program Coordinator is to coordinate the WIPAN Mentoring Program. The position will involve ensuring that the WIPAN Mentoring Program is able to provide holistic social support, specifically in securing affordable housing and assisting the client to have children in out of home care restored upon release, management of the program, collation and collection of client data and files and recruitment of Mentors, training and supervision of all Mentors and clients.

  • 18 month contract with the possibility of extention 
  • SACS Award, Level 4.1 & Superannuation 
  • 37.5 hours per week 
  • Expected start date: Wednesday, 13 January 
  • Applications close 4 December 2015. 
For more information and to apply, visit the Ethical Jobs website.

Associate Professor in Criminology UNSW

Position description:
This position falls within the Criminology team of the Social Inquiry Cluster and is concerned with the study of crime, law, justice, understanding violence and offending, punishment and human rights. Courses in criminology deal with the State in both a national and international context, the criminal justice system, networks of crime, disadvantaged groups, young people, sexual offenders, politics, the media, and theories of crime. Our Criminology programs are taught in partnership with UNSW Law and provide unique opportunities for cross disciplinary work and collaboration.
  • The position is available on a convertible tenure track basis which will include an initial fixed-term period of three years. The successful applicant will be expected to commence from 1 July 2016.
  • Full-time (35 hours per week).
About the applicant: 
To be successful in this role you will have:
  • Demonstrated ability leading inter-Faculty forums associated with the management of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching streams and research programs.
  • Evidence of research leadership and recognition on an international scale, including an outstanding record of high quality published research and success in research grants.
  • PhD in a relevant field from a recognised institution or equivalent standing as demonstrated by publications and professional experience.
For more information and to apply, visit the UNSW website.
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